North Africa 1648 CE

From the early 16th century the coastline of North Africa has become a haven for "corsairs", sea-raiders who range ever further across the seas, capturing Christian ships, enslaving their crews and passengers, and then ...

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What is happening in North Africa in 1648CE

From the early 16th century the coastline of North Africa has become a haven for “corsairs”, sea-raiders who range ever further across the seas, capturing Christian ships, enslaving their crews and passengers, and then ransoming them for their freedom. These activities have continued despite (or indeed because of) the Maghreb being incorporated into the Ottoman empire. The region has retained a great deal of autonomy, being ruled by its own deys.

Morocco has experienced a different history. In the late 16th century the ruler of Morocco sent an army across the Sahara desert and conquered the huge Songhai empire of West Africa. For a time, Moroccan power straddled the Sahara. The difficulties of keeping such an empire together have proved too much, and by this date the Moroccan colonies on the Niger are virtually inpendendent states.

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