Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
First post just to open this thread
So ridiculous to state that the Dutch aided the Barbary states. Don't let government
propaganda get it the way of factual history!
Read up on the bombardment of Algiers 1816. A Dutch-English coalition naval force vs the Dey of Algiers.
(let me make it clear that I have written considerable parts
on Dutch history on the English
Wikipedia. But all have been modified by other editors from around the world when my copy wasn't considered accurate enough. You can edit there too
Nick, Im not denying the Dutch their history, merely pointing out that it is a fanciful notion to claim that the dutch were in any way allies to the british naval activities. In the main The british and the dutch spent the best part of 300 years attempting to destoy each others navy
Yes there were small periods of coperation, generally the "enemy of my enemy is my friend sort of thing", but that does not detract from the premise. In no way could you claim that the Dutch and British were naval allies. ( you mightg as well claim the french were).
As to the 1816 bombardment, first the newly free Dutch nation now had a tiny effective navy
compared to previous generations and in fact every European
nation bombarded algiers for example
Bombardment of Algiers (1783) by a Spanish fleet
Bombardment of Algiers (1784) by an allied
Spanish, Maltese, Neapolitian, and Portuguese fleet
Bombardment of Algiers (1816) by an Anglo-Dutch fleet
These were marriages of convience and anyway by 1816, the Royal Navy was the pre-eminent naval force ,The assistance from the dutch was not germane to the outcome.
The "renegade" Dutch frigates did play a significant part in the development of the Barbary pirates as it introduced them to deep sea capable ships and crewing
techniques. No doubt like many countries histories, unsavoury bits are played down and heroic ones amplified.