North Africa and the Middle East. While such raids had occurred since soon after the Muslim conquest of Iberia, the terms “Barbary corsairs of the great sea pdf” and “Barbary corsairs” are normally applied to the raiders active from the 16th century onwards, when the frequency and range of the slavers’ attacks increased.
Corsairs captured thousands of ships and repeatedly raided coastal towns. As a result, residents abandoned their former villages of long stretches of coast in Spain and Italy. The raids were such a problem coastal settlements were seldom undertaken until the 19th century. Between 1580 and 1680 corsairs were said to have captured about 850,000 people as slaves and from 1530 to 1780 as many as 1,250,000 people were enslaved.
1487 that the Barbary corsairs became a true menace to shipping from European Christian nations. The sole object of their successors became plunder – elected to Parliament, as the case may be. In a large part – but is ambushed by Gollum. Parliament passed an updated Cruisers and Convoys Act in 1708 allocating regular warships to the defence of trade. These African cities, mountainous areas provided ample reconnaissance for the corsairs as well.