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Barbary Coast

(bär`bərē), waterfront area of San Francisco, Calif., in the years after the 1849 gold rush. Gamblers, gangsters, prostitutes, and confidence men flourished, and the brothels, saloons, and disreputable boardinghouses made the Barbary Coast—named after the pirate coast of North Africa—notorious throughout the world.

Barbary Coast

the. the Mediterranean coast of North Africa: a centre of piracy against European shipping from the 16th to the 19th centuries
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WHEN THE HISTORIAN Adrian Tinniswood was researching a book on an English 17th-century family, he found that one of its members had gone off to become a Barbary Coast pirate; intrigued, he decided to pursue the subject.
White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast. and Italy.) Davis estimates that, during these centuries, more than 1,000,000 Muslims were enslaved in Europe and another 2,000,000 Christians suffered the same fate in North Africa and the Near East.
"Star Trek": NBC, 1966-69 "Barbary Coast": ABC, 1975-76
'I will only satisfy you that the most part was consumed in excess.' He worked together with another Englishman, Gilbert Roupe, who had just relocated from Tunis, a favourite base for pirates since the beginning of the century, when the Tunisian bey, 'Uthman, began to establish the city as one of the most important international centres of piracy on the Barbary Coast. Why Roupe was in Sail we don't know, although the prospect of easy pickings in the busy shipping lanes leading through the Straits of Gibraltar probably played a part in his decision.
A second excavation is also under way in an area known as the Barbary Coast, a place of vice and crime during the 1860s and 1870s.
Padrao Lima was third at one-and-one-fourth length behind while Barbary Coast finished fourth another short head adrift.
Something had to be done about the corsairs (pirates) of the Barbary Coast. But what?
After the 1915 agreement with the Bey of Tripoli, European countries saw north of Africa, or the Barbary Coast as it was called, an easy prey, hence the French occupation of Algeria in 1930, followed by the occupation of Tunisia and Morocco, the Italian invasion of Tripoli and the Spanish seizure of parts of North Africa.
In that, says writer Adrian Tinniswood, who is writing a book on the Barbary coast corsairs of the 17th century, they are descended pretty much in a direct line from their forebears.
And if the worst comes to the worst, gunboats can always be dispatched to clean the problem up, just as the British and Americans did off North Africa's Barbary coast at the turn of the 19th century.
Visions of Frisco; an imaginative depiction of San Francisco during the gold rush & the Barbary Coast era.
Impressed with the Great Seal, these papers signified to curious Barbary Coast pirates that the carrier had signed treaties with and paid dues to the unwanted boarders' home nation.