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OT­TOMAN C.1478-1546

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

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