Our Pirate History

Jeireddín Barbarroja:

We begin to awaken your pirate curiosity: the most famous pirate who sailed this coast was Barbarossa who sailed in the 16th century with the fastest ships of the moment, the “galleys”. With these ships they took 3 days to these coasts. Having its base on the island of Jerba in present-day Tunisia.

He was appointed Chief Admiral by Suleiman I of the Ottoman fleet for the conquest of the Island of Rhodes (Greece) in 1522. In that battle they robbed the Knights Hospitallers of the island of Rhodes after a great Ottoman strategy. He always sailed with his brothers and lieutenants “Bragut”, “Cachidiablo”.

After capturing 3 galleons from the new world (America) and King Carlos I more concerned with receiving money and silver from America, the pirate Barbarossa was made stronger on the Costa Blanca by the orography and by the exiled Moors who provided him with all kinds of goods. With the help of these, he frightened our entire region making incursions from Benissa to Teulada, from Teulada to Jávea and from Jávea to Denia.

In such places, he terrorized and captured the population to sell them as slaves to the lords of the Ottoman Empire.

Other pirate stories:

In the summer of 1595 the town of Teulada was declared ruined by the havoc caused by pirates. For a few years Teulada was absent from paying taxes due to the economic difficulty he went through.

In 1637 the town of Calpe had about 350 inhabitants, about 290 of whom were imprisoned while they were imprisoned in Africa for 5 years until they were exchanged for gold.

In 1679 Jávea suffered one of the most violent episodes. The fight took place between eight Turkish ships and four Genoese. Of the latter, some 40 travelers died, all soldiers retired from the Italian city of Messina. But the Moorish side lost more than 500 men. The battle is remembered for the bravery with which the Genoese captain, known as Saint Jerman, acted.In 1779 an Algerian boat attacked two Catalan boats, which were carrying wine and brandy. The Christians took refuge in the Cala de la Granadella. From there, more than 50 men armed with shotguns managed to repel the attackers and cause two casualties; although they suffered three victims.

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