Barbary Pirates: Most Sought-After Mercenaries in the Ottoman Empire

Barbary Pirates

The Barbary corsairs were some of the most feared pirates in history. From their bases in North Africa, they terrorized seafarers and inhabitants of the Mediterranean coast. They robbed valuable goods and abducted thousands of people to sell into slavery. The Barbary corsairs sailed as far as Newfoundland, Canada; played a crucial role in naval battles, such as the Battle of Lepanto in 1571; and fought alongside the Ottomans in amphibious operations such as the siege of Malta. Let’s get to know these dreaded sailors, delve into the intricacies of their daily operations, and explore how they became a formidable naval power.
Credit to : SandRhoman History

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