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Bassa, Hamuda (fl. 1803-1807) to Tobias Lear re: Bassa recognizing Lear's diplomatic authority [in Italian]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.076 Author/Creator: Bassa, Hamuda (fl. 1803-1807) Place Written: Tunis Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1805/08/05 Pagination: 2 p. + docket 36.5 x 23.9 cm

Summary of Content: GLC 2794.077 is a translation of this letter. The Bashaw initially refused to accept Lear as American Consul to Tunis.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyBarbary CoastBarbary PiratesBarbary WarsPiratesAfricaDiplomacyGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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