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Bashaw Caramanli, Jusuf (fl. 1805-1811) Receipt of ransom for American prisoners [in Arabic with English translation]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.173 Author/Creator: Bashaw Caramanli, Jusuf (fl. 1805-1811) Place Written: Tripoli Type: Document Date: [1805] Pagination: 2 p. 21.5 x 10 cm

Summary of Content: "We hereby acknowledge & have received from the hands of Col: Tobias Lear the full sum of sixty thousand dollars mentioned as Ransom for two hundred Americans, in the Treaty of Peace." Notation on second page: "Translation."

Full Transcript: Translation

We hereby acknowledge & have received from the hands of Col: Tobias Lear the full sum of sixty thousand dollars [illegible] as Ransom for two hundred Americans, in the Treaty ...of Peace, X between us and the United States of America on the 1st day of the 6th month of Babbiu 1220, and of all demands against the [illegible] United States.
On(?) this 21st day of Babbiu 1220-
Signed Joseph Caramanli
Bashaw
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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Government and CivicsDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAfricaBarbary CoastBarbary WarsTreatyPrisonerPiratesFinancePrisoner of WarBarbary Pirates

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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