Well, my predictions for the 500 were a bust. Brabham wasn't the top rookie & Andretti didn't lead the most laps. As for my top eleven - Newgarden, Hinchcliffe, Kanaan and Kimble were the only ones to hit the 11. Congrats to Alexander Rossi for his win.
The Barbary Wars are little known military conflicts between the US and the Barbary Coast pirates during the early 1800s. The pirates attacked European and US shipping along the North African coast and frequently held crews captive while extorting governments for their return or the promise of not attacking a nation's ships. Google "Barbary Wars" to see what's available as far as background and available records.
The War of 1812 was ignited by the British navy impressing [forcing into service] American sailors. The British attacked Washington DC and nearly captured President Madison. Andrew Jackson grew to fame with his victory at New Orleans. Check Fold3 for information. Also search the 'Net.