Barbary pirates attacked American ships and blocked their trade through the Mediterranean and in the Strait of Gibraltar. They would steal their ships and impress their crew
Other powerful like in Europe dealt with the pirates by paying them a tribute meaning that they paid the pirates in exchange for leaving European ships alone
Please leave us alone. Take our money!
At first America also paid a tribute. But later the Pirates asked for money. However Thomas Jefferson had enough he decided to go to war with the Pirates. In the end America beat out the Pirates
America was caught in between England and France once again. America ships were being attacked by both countries because they were staying neutral
The purpose of the Embargo Act was to prevent American ships with trading with other nations in order to stop France and Britain from attacking. His plan failed, America's exports dropped rapidly to $25 million and tens of thousands of people lost their jobs
Because of all the impressment on seas President Jefferson has to decided to create an Embargo Act.
This act is horrible! How will we make money now!
Yes, this act will finally show those other countries that they shouldn't mess with America. Haha!