Another personal post, in a place I hopefully won't lose it

"Treaty of Tripoli, treaty signed to ensure that we were not "at war" with the Barbary nations that were controlling mediteranian trade routes, Article 11 is as follows:"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." take from that what you will..."

Need to verify, look up later.

Ah, the stuff I never learned in school.

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