ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE ERAS IN THE
HISTORY OF ALGERIA OCCURRED DURING THE
ERA OF BARBAROSSA BROTHERS, FOUNDERS OF
THE KINGDOM OF ALGIERS. IN LESS THAN 70
YEARS THEY AND OTHER GREAT BEYLERBEY OR
VICEROYS AND THEIR SUCCESSORS, DESTROYED
THE ZIANID AND ILAFSYA DYNASTIES. THEY WERE
PROCLAIMED MASTERS AND RULERS OF THE STATES
OF NORTH AFRICA FOUGHT ON LAND AND HELD IN
CHECK ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA THE ARMIES
AND THE CASTILIAN FLEETS OF CARDINAL XIMENES,
KING CHARLES V OF SPAIN AND DON JUAN OF
AUSTRIA. THE BEYLERBEY WERE MAGNIFICENT
SAILORS AND BRILLIANT CAPTAINS (OR RAIS), WELL
SKILLED IN POLITICS. KNOWN AS CORSAIRS, OR THE
PRIVATEERS IN THE OTTOMAN SULTAN'S NAVIES,
THEY WERE HEROIC FIGHTERS FOR THE FAITH
OF ISLAM. JIHAD ON THE SEA WAS THEIR ANSWER
TO THE WEST'S CRUSADES.
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