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1894 The Barbary Corsairs : Muslim Pirates : Ottoman Navy : North Africa : Raids

1894 The Barbary Corsairs : Muslim Pirates : Ottoman Navy : North Africa : Raids

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The Barbary Corsairs

By Stanley Lane-Poole

With Additions by Lieut. J. D.J. Kelly.

London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Second Edition. From 'The Story of the Nations' series. Hardback, 8vo, decorative cloth, pp xviii, 316 (including index). With map and 39 illustrations.

A good clean copy throughout. The cloth binding is in good condition. Little browning to endpapers. All text clean throughout and all contents present. The fold-out map is present and in good condition. Overall a good copy of the second edition.

The Barbary Corsairs
, or the Barbary pirates, or Ottoman corsairs, were Muslim pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa, based primarily in the ports of Salé, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast, in reference to the Berbers. Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa's Atlantic seaboard and into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland, but they primarily operated in the western Mediterranean. In addition to seizing merchant ships, they engaged in Razzias, raids on European coastal towns and villages, mainly in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, but also in the British Isles, the Netherlands and Iceland. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Arab slavery market in North Africa and the Middle East. Slaves in Barbary could be of many ethnicities, and of many different religions, such as Christian, Jewish, or Muslim
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