||Greg H. Williams
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The famous conflict between America and with France is still called a "quasi" war. There was no solemn declaration of war made (though a bill to declare war came within two votes). The term "war" itself had various meanings to the different parties people involved in the conflict - obviously, the soldiers, the naval commanders the legislators, the jurists, the merchants, and the diplomats all saw armed conflict differently. This book is an attempt for a comprehensive accounting of all losses sustained by the American merchant marine at the hands of French privateers, consular officials, public vessels as well as and colonial administrators during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras as reported to the State Department. Initial reports of losses came from masters, ship owners, shippers, and insurers who filed the claims and protests for damages sustained.