Essay heading: Esek vs Hopkins

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Hopkins made this decision to minimize danger and maximize profits and critics called him a coward for it. In contrast, Decatur seemed to almost seek out dangerous situations. Lord Nelson characterized Decatur's actions to destroy the captured Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor as "the most bold and daring act of the age...
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Decatur felt that command of a successful expedition to chastise the day of Algiers would give him an opportunity to defend his loss. Some naval historians have questioned some of his decisions-in particular his command of the President-but these same decisions were supported by his peers. Decatur's reputation was not harmed by the surrender of the President to the British squadron in 1816...
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