Barbary Coast

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a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849)

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the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates

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The piracy off the Horn of Africa that emerged in the first decades of the 21st century reminds us of the 18th century Barbary Coast pirates and the threat they posed to our nation in its early years.
Does Eddlem seriously suggest that our Founding Fathers wrote and intended the Bill of Rights to apply to, for example, the Barbary Coast pirates (i.
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.
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.
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.
Guisborough Library: What is the connection between Alice in Wonderland, Barbary Coast pirates and the last of the Saltburn Smugglers?
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.
Then there's the Rev James Fell, a former chaplain at the Mersey Mission to Seamen, who travelled to San Francisco after the gold rush and was reputed to have cleaned up the waterfront bars and brothels of the infamous Barbary Coast area.