Posted on 8/4/2017, 10:47:00 AM by rktman
On Aug. 4, 1790, the Revenue Marine, later called Revenue Cutter Service, was created by the recommendation of Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury. It consisted of 10 ships charged with stopping smuggling and French privateers from operating in American waters.
The Revenue Marine’s first seven masters (captains) were commissioned by President George Washington on March 12, 1791. The Revenue Marine was the only armed maritime service of the United States till the Department of the Navy was created in 1798. During the U.S.-French Quasi War of 1798-1801, eight Revenue Cutter vessels were among the 45 American ships that served in combat.
When the U.S. government passed the Slave Trade Act of 1794, the Revenue Marine began intercepting slave ships which were illegally bringing slaves into the country. Slaves were bought predominantly from Arab Muslim slave markets of Africa.
Missionary to Africa David Livingstone wrote of witnessing the Muslim Arab slave trade in the mid-19nth century: “We passed a slave woman shot or stabbed through the body and lying on the path … an Arab who passed early that morning had done it in anger at losing the price he had given for her, because she was unable to walk any longer. We passed a woman tied by the neck to a tree and dead. … We came upon a man dead from starvation. … The strangest disease I have seen in this country seems really to be broken heartedness, and it attacks free men who have been captured and made slaves.”
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