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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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Some 5,000 Englishmen were at the time languishing on the Barbary Coast.
Excavating the Barbary Coast gives us an excellent opportunity to understand the underbelly of Virginia City," said project director, Don Hardesty, a professor at UNR.
5th race: 1 King One Emperor (Al Montasir, A Smith, Hassan Al Mubasher); 2 Call My Number (Fawzi Abdulla Nass, Fawzi Nass, Hussain Abdulla); 3 Padroa Lima (Fadhel Juma Abdulla, Adel Ahmed, Hussain Makki); 4 Barbary Coast (Hussain Marzooq Jaffar, Yousif Alboainain, Mohammed Al Saffar).
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.
The extent of female prostitution represented by the Barbary Coast, for example, relies largely on the sensational California Police Gazette and the overused work of the popular journalist Herbert Asbury (Berglund calls him a historian).
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.
The account itself forms part of the popular genre of Barbary Coast captive stories.
This reminds us of the history that it is military capabilities that long ago helped make it possible to free the Barbary Coast of pirates, so that our world of commerce and ideas could enjoy Freedom of the Seas, and that Freedom of the Seas continues to be sustained thanks to the U.