The Barbary Coast: Sketches of French North Africa

by Albert Edwards

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The region, French North Africa, was a group of territories in the upper portion of Africa. It emerged after the decline of the Ottoman Empire, which lost control of the region in 1830 when French forces captured Algiers. Algiers became the site of power for France, until the powerful Algerian independence movement fought for free rule in 1962. Morocco overthrew the French protectorate in 1955, and Tunisia in 1956.

Albert Edwards’ work illustrates a xenophobic look at the people, culture and customs he encountered in North Africa. Despite his biased critiques of his encounters, he offers insight on the architecture, markets, and other aspects of the region at the time.