The Pride of Baltimore Sails Again

cshortridge73
23rd August 2012, 16:49
During the War of 1812, President James Madison tried to overcome the small size of the American Navy in regard to that of Englandís mighty Royal Navy by issuing what were known as Letters of Marque and Reprisal to private shipowners. This legal document allowed the owners of these private vessels to arm them to act as privateers, or, essentially, as legal pirates, representing the young American Republic at sea.

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