By an author that resisided there for several years as a public character.

Jacques Philippe Laugier de Tassy
Translated from the English

PARIS M DCC LVII With approval and privilege from the king

State of Tunis are those of La Goulette. The Regency has approximately thirty . The Port of Biserte guards the situation of the Galiotes [offshore islands]. different in their ropes & in their operation. there is a lateen sail on its foremast. They both have a mainmast. & pointed on the second. (p169) . built in [eighteen-]seventy: but its constructional defects will make it always unsuitable for the sea. But one cannot for wait for these kinds of repairs to be done by the Government: it affects the economy too much. The ships can be divided into ordinary vessels. Oporto-Farina also has an Arsenal. The strongest is armed only with forty guns. the foremast. its mainmast is higher than in the others ships: but its foremast. The latter is the best. and even those are only poorly equipped. Tartanes. a foremast & a mizzen furnished with lateen sails. The -170 . I will speak then about their manner of traffic. though heard little from people. & a very small mizzen. & they different little in their sails. With the repairs and improvements required by Oporto-Farina. The Polaque has square sails on its mainmast. & the bowsprit. Monester. Trade. which is rounded on the first. Polaques.The Government only has four vessels. The Trade of Tunis. though often against its own interests. a Frigate of forty guns could not enter there except with very great precautions. it would admit the largest vessels. I will give a short description of the different vessels that visit the harbour & port of Tunis. There is one of them. In the State of ruin in which we find this Port at present. Pataches. is the conversation of everyone. & Esfaque [Sfax]. The Government vessels nevertheless maintain their base there. but it will admit only the small trading vessels. Pinques. but to help those who live far from the sea with to form some idea. but very minimally provided with the necessary ammunition. Suse. Biserte. in truth.Chapter VI. -172 . & that of the bowsprit are the ordinary length. & Canots.ordinary vessels have four masts: as follows: the mainmast. Barques. The Caiche has several lateen sails on the front. Caiches. The Patache does not differ from the vessel except that it does not have a foremast. the mizzen. All these ships which have each their particular advantages. Those which live on the coasts have a superficial understanding of it. The only difference between the Barque & the Pinque consists in their bow. Gallipe. because the tide rises there. OportoFarina. The majority of Tartanes & Caiches have only one mast. [HERE] The harbors in the -171 .

sends it a gift of oxen. & produce his passport. the . The crews of these vessels are mainly made of Turks. butter. to start with. La Goulette begins by greeting them. the Bey provides them with oil. But as these provisions are not enough for their forty or fifty days of cruising. though unequally. poultry. & inform him of the place from where he comes. As for the slaves. or bring their cargo into the Kingdom of Tunis. The Captain will then greet the Aga of the fortress. Some pay thirty-five piastres for anchoring.Galiotes. & others seventeen & half. with half of its cargo. the Bey takes half of them. The four vessels go in pursuit twice a year. four. between the Aga of La Goulette. Coulolis & renegades. belongs to the Bey. The Christian men-of-war drop anchor a little further away than the trading vessels. & paying the crew at fixed wages. At the departure of a man-of-war. two. the Pilot & the Gunner as much. & all the trading vessels of the same nation have their signs deployed. with from twenty to a hundred and twenty crew. & other refreshments. also have between themselves the ownership of the prizes. who meet all the expenses of equipment. -174 . & each other individual.while the Christian slaves do the manual work. The crew of each ship taken from Europeans. Each Consul is directed to inform the Bey at once of the arrival of the men-of-war of his nation. the Government -175 . At this news. The Captain has six shares. which he can hardly fail to resell for three or four hundred piastres. the Quartermasters & the director of the small boat. one could not reclaim him. the Subalterns. are made to pay four taxes. sheep. If one of them found the means of escaping on one of these vessels. They are mainly commanded by Renegades. & greets the castle of La Goulette with three shots of a gun. he can only have one person with him. with a deduction for all the expenses of the armament. the Captains supplement them with the help of four piastres that they require each Turk to have on board. the Writer three. All the ships which take. & enjoys the privilege of buying the others for a hundred piastres each one.If vessels of the Regency meet a trading vessel. all the slaves are contained in the prison. or if the Captain goes himsef to the Christian vessel. raises his flag. Any European ship which enters the harbor of Tunis. This sum is divided. a half-portion. the flag remains deployed on the house of the Consul. & they return its salute with a similar number of cannon shots. During their time in the harbor. vinegar & biscuit. the Master of this last is obliged to go on board their ship. These are only employed to fight -173 . The other Galiotes are equipped by private individuals. Each tenth slave belong to the Diwan. The other half is shared between the Pilot & the crew.

& renders his accounts annually in front of the Consul. . Some Captains however like to do better. rise or fall according to the needs of the State. wool from Spain. paid double these sums. If a French Captain loses his ship. receives this tax. he is obliged to give his passport to the Consul of the nation.Chiaoux. corn. having journeys separated in quality between Factors or Supercargos. -177 . sugar. Each one of these ships which reloaded. [HERE] The vessels which traffic with the Levant by Caravans.they cannot renew them. for some merchants. They live extremely hard. an advantage which they put to the provision of their ropes. which they will resell advantageously in Spain or in the South of France. -178 . iron & steel. paper. the Chancellor & four merchants. that any ordinary ship which brought or left its cargo. It receives in exchange. & the interpreter of the Consul. pepper. when he equips another vessel. A merchant of recognized integrity. as much because of the number of people that they attract. Tunis provides to France oil. Caiches & Canots eighteen of them. want their passports to remain in force for ten years. & are not distinguished in this respect from the crew. Pinques & Barques. without being presented before a French Admiralty Court. Conformity which much flatters the latter. Polaques. natural enemies of discomfort. & Tartanes ten. vermilion. according to rank. They were so pressed -176 . The duties of the Government on the vessels.in 1733. at the request even of the Court of Versailles. & to a fine of so much per month since the transgression. Those do not have fixed wages: but each one takes part in the profits of the voyage. belonging to the public revenue. The Captains of the Caravans rent their vessels by charter partly to the Turks & the Moors. The English vessels which are among these Caravans. They are not even compelled to follow the formalities which we have just described. cloths from Languedoc. & and to get a new one. cloves. they expose themselves to the confiscation of the vessel & cargo. broad beans. fourteen. as for the tax imposed on the passports. hardware.They exchange their cargo for barley & wheat. At the end of this term. brandy. & Moroccan [leater?]. lentils. The English. are only subject to the Government for half of the taxes above. wax. paid twenty piastres. wool. The passports of the French Captains are limited to three years. Pataches.wine. need fewer people than the others. Finally all vessels which load in Tunis pay the Consul & other Officers of his nation a right of two percent. If they omit this formality. -179 . The Caravans are a great benefit for the State. leathers.

Those from Gademes -182 – on one side. which has only two streets. & their perfect separation from each other. the Arabs always transport it in earthenware jars. gold powder. for both the goods imported and exported. paper. transports Negros & gold powder. lead. various types of wool fabrics. They have the idea that this liquor in would be soiled. The Caravans from Gademes which make two voyages there every year. but that of the French ships that the Jews. goes up to 150. Turks & Moors freight every year for the Levant. & a quantity of bails of caps. They send the same goods as to France. After this examination they place under each item the quantity of gold powder that they are ready to give. silk. & the Negros on the other. & piastres of Seville. & then withdraw. The others advance to examine them. In exchange they take cloths from France. & they . The first arrange their goods in the middle of the mountain. soap. They go ones & the others to a mountain of Nigritie.To Egypt Tunis exports oil. wire.weeks before Ramadan. if these vases had previously contained wine. Venitian mirrors. If. rice. As most of this oil is intended for the Mosques of Mecque & Medina. they take the powder. The Caravans from Sale & Gademes are rich branches of commerce in Tunis.All the trade from Italy is in the hands of the Jews. & they bring some cloths from Spain. coffee. & one month’s walk from this city. The Tunisians also take to Egypt fabrics. They are paid a handsome price in paper to farm the rights of leathers & wax. All those of this nation live in only one city. alum & vermilion. but of an extraordinary length. They appear nevertheless to form two people different peoples by their names. -180 . & coral jewels. their habits. The French pay three percent. and return to their place. & the Jews ten percent for those that they bring from Italy. those of Gademes find the gold powder left by the Negros. some Damas. equivalent to the price that they marked on their goods. as by the difference of their chiefs. powder gold. The people of Gademes are to the south of Tunis. It distributes in this percent city a thousand pounds of gold powder. on their return. iron. They return with silk fabric. The number of English vessels freighted in Tunis is dubious. That from Sale arrives annually in Tunis three -181 . I believe I should not omit the way in which these people & the Negros trade together. They provide these goods to the house of the Bey. The Turks & Moors annually carry to the Levant wool fabrics. gold & silver. hemp & cotton. in addition to 50 others loaded for France or Italy. & never in barrels. cotton fabrics. or of sequins. bonnets.

But if it is not equivalent to their value. showing a frankness & probity. which we treat as barbarians. by the Poets. worthy of the golden age so pompously celebrated. Here are two nations. represents for us the men of every age as always being similar. . they do not touch this powder until the Negros have made a suitable addition. But History. more inaccurate in its portraits.leave.

HISTOIRE DES ETATS BARBARESQUES QUI EXERCENT LA PIRATERIE Par un Auteur que y a réfidé plusieurs années avec caractere public. . Jacques Philippe Laugier de Tassy Traduite de l’Anglois TOME SECOND A PARIS M DCC LVII Avec Approbation & Privilége du Roi.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful