Renowned as a military genius, Hayreddin became the governor of Algiers following the death of his brother. Unlike Oruç, who sought some independence from the Ottomans, Hayreddin forged a stronger relationship with the sultanate in return for men and equipment. With this support, he built a powerful fleet to fight against Christian Europe, conducting a series of raids along the Mediterranean coast. Some of Hayreddin’s most famous naval victories include the capture of El Peñón, a Spanish fortress, in 1529 and the conquest of Tunis in 1534, which he achieved while leading the Ottoman fleet of Suleiman the Magnificent.
Barbarossa is also known by his Arabic name, Khair ad-din