Privateering and the international relations of the Regency of Tunis in the 18th and 19th centuries
Privateering and the international relations of the Regency of Tunis in the 18th and 19th centuries - Post view
|Region / Country
- Arab Countries > Tunisia
|Year of Registration
Privateering is the main feature of the collection nominated for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register. Essentially composed of documents from the end of the eighteenth/ beginning of the nineteenth century, the collection centres on privateering activities and diplomacy in the Regency of Tunis. The collection is unique, containing documents found nowhere else in the world. It includes complete, detailed lists of the names of European captives, their social and ethnic origins in their home country, as well as the biographies of some of them, including their professional and even political careers during their captivity in the Regency.
Very Mediterranean and even international in character, the collection reflects cultural interactions through the phenomenon of privateering, which did not have only negative connotations. Despite the damage it caused, privateering also contributed to cultural dialogue and ethnic and linguistic métissage. Today, this collection can be seen as a source of dialogue between civilizations and cultures.
Also contributing to the richness of the collection are the original, rare and well-preserved documents it contains, written in several languages such as Arabic, Osmanli, French, Spanish, Italian and English.
The documents cover a geographical area extending from the Regency of Tunis to the United States, Europe, the Levant and Scandinavian countries.