excitement was high over...
1. What does "While excitement was high over the depredations of the Barbary pirates" mean in this context? Does it mean "at that time that people were concerned about pirates that did not allow safe and free trade"?
2. Does "for the scurvy" mean "for a little price" or "with trick"?
In the meantime, however, Americans continued to be fascinated by the remote. While excitement was high over the depredations of the Barbary pirates, Ibraham Adam Ben Ali, a Turk or (as an editor thought more likely) ‘some crafty native, who has assumed a Turkish name’ went about selling the Incomparable Algerine Medicine for the scurvy.And does "Algerine" here mean "come from Algeria"?