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  • n. Plural form of spoliation.


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  • Citizens in the seacoast cities responded directly to the spoliations and the war crisis in five distinct ways: writing petitions to their leaders, augmenting their towns 'defenses, selling ships to the government, arming their vessels for self-defense, and pledging money to help build more naval vessels.

    "Now We Find It Necessary to Take Care of Ourselves": Citizen Involvement and Influence in the Creation of the United States Navy: 1796-1798

  • Washington asked the Secretary of State to prepare an accounting of all spoliations against American vessels by the powers at war.


  • At the time when that convention was concluded many interesting subjects were left unsettled, and particularly our claim to indemnity for spoliations which were committed on our commerce in the late wars.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • Considerable advances have been made during the present year in the adjustment of claims of our citizens upon Denmark for spoliations, but all that we have a right to demand from that Government in their behalf has not yet been conceded.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • Of the points referred to, the most prominent are our claims upon France for spoliations upon our commerce; similar claims upon Spain, together with embarrassments in the commercial intercourse between the two countries which ought to be removed; the conclusion of the treaty of commerce and navigation with Mexico, which has been so long in suspense, as well as the final settlement of limits between ourselves and that

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • It has demonstrated to foreign nations the moderation and firmness which govern our councils, and to our citizens the necessity of uniting in support of the laws and the rights of their country, and has thus long frustrated those usurpations and spoliations which, if resisted, involved war; if submitted to, sacrificed a vital principle of our national independence.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • The negotiation with Spain for spoliations on our commerce and the settlement of boundaries remains essentially in the state it held by the communications that were made to Congress by my predecessor.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • By this provision the claims of our citizens who had sustained so great a loss by spoliations, and from whom indemnity had been so long withheld, were promptly paid.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • You are apprised, although the fact has not yet been officially announced to the House of Representatives, that a treaty was in the month of March last concluded between the United States, and Denmark, by which $650 thousand are secured to our citizens as an indemnity for spoliations upon their commerce in the years 1808, 1809, 1810, and 1811.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • If the war has exposed us to increased spoliations on the ocean and to predatory incursions on the land, it has developed the national means of retaliating the former and of providing protection against the latter, demonstrating to all that every blow aimed at our maritime independence is an impulse accelerating the growth of our maritime power.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)


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