Hussein Pacha. Dey of Algiers. From a Drawing in the possession of Mr. Thierry. Late Consul of France at Algiers.
Lithograph, sheet 440 x 300mm. Foxing.
Hussein Dey (1765 - 1838) was the last of the Ottoman provincial rulers of Algiers (or Deys). Hussein hit the French consul with a fly-whisk as an expression of his anger over France's large (and growing) unpaid debt to Algeria. The French Minister of War used this offence as a pretext for an invasion of Algeria, which began three years later. The French army landed on July 5, 1830, near the capital Algiers, and they beat the Ottoman forces in short order. Hussein Dey accepted a French offer for exile, and with it France seized and looted the country, ending the three-century rule of the Ottomans.
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