Lords of the Sea
A History of the Barbary Corsairs
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The escalation of piracy in the waters east and south of Somalia has led commentators to call the area the new Barbary, but the Somali pirates cannot compare to the three hundred years of terror supplied by the Barbary corsairs in the Mediterranean and beyond. From 1500 to 1800, Muslim pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa captured and enslaved more than a million Christians.
Introduction: The Barbary Legend
1. Vanguard of the Sultan, 1492–1580
2. Lords of the Sea, 1580–1660
3. Facing the Sea Powers, 1660–1720
4. Decline, Revival and Extinction, 1720–1830
Conclusion: A New Barbary?
Glossary of Place Name Changes