A skilled sailor, Dragut joined Hayreddin Barbarossa’s fleet and quickly became his right-hand man. As chief lieutenant, he took part in a number of raids and successfully captured a series of coastal fortresses. After Barbarossa’s death, Dragut succeeded him as the leader of the Ottoman fleet and as the governor of Algiers two years later. A force to be reckoned with, he secured an array of naval victories, particularly the seizure of Tripoli – here he built the Dragut Mosque, which is still used today. He died during the failed Siege of Malta, wounded by splinters caused by a cannonball.
Dragut’s body is buried in the mosque he founded