Tweeting Naval History: Quasi-War

Although America’s first overseas war waged in the late 1790s may be relatively lost in the mind of the general public, that doesn’t mean the undeclared naval war doesn’t deserve attention today. What better way to bring attention than one of the most popular social media platforms today, Twitter. Of course, such technology was not available to intrepid commanders like Truxtun, Decatur, and Barry back then. But what if it was? What would they say? Here’s a fun way to learn a little 18th century political and naval history under the backdrop of social media technology.

Note: The Tweets included in this segment are purely a fabrication. In essence, we are promoting real history in short bursts, 140 characters at a time. Real history. Fake Tweets.

PART I: From Alliance to Revolution (1778-1796)

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PART II: A Fractured Alliance (1797-1798)

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PART III: The (Undeclared) Naval War (1798-1801)

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Historical References

Primary Sources
U.S. Office of Naval Records and Library. Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War Between the United States and France: Naval Operations From February, 1797 to December 1801. Washington: GPO, 1935-38. 7 vols.

Secondary Sources
Hickey, Donald R. “The Quasi-War: America’s First Limited WAr, 1798-1801. The Northern Mariner, Vol. XVIII, nos. 3-4 (July-October 2008), 67-77.

Nash, Howard P. The Forgotten Wars: The Role of the U.S. Navy in the Quasi War With France and the Barbary Wars, 1798-1805. New York: A. S. Barnes, 1968.

Zarzeczny, Matthew. “The Quasi War with France,” Napoleon Series: Government & Politics, www.napoleon-series.org (Accessed 15 July 2017)

Select Images
Wikimedia Commons and Naval History and Heritage Command