The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76
From Sardinia to Tunis
From Sardinia to Tunis.
From Italy I crossed by way of Sardinia to Tunis, passed a day amongst the few traces that yet remain of ancient Carthage, and then Sailed along the north coast of Africa to the French possessions in Algeria, once the stronghold of pirates who beset that part of the Mediterranean. The squalid Moorish town, rising like a pyramid on the hills, has been cleansed and white-washed, and at its base a handsome city, in French style, has been created around a spacious harbour, once the old piratical port, which was cannonaded by the English Fleet under Lord Exmouth, and the Christian captives released in the year 1816. In the vicinity of the city there are beautiful villas and gardens; the French Governor's Palace, in Moorish style; an English Church, and good accommodation for invalids who pass the winter in that desirable climate. I went as far inland as "Constantine," a great Moorish city, and ancient Roman colonial city, nearly surrounded by the very deep channel of a river, which rendered it almost invulnerable; but it was taken by the French, and now contains a large garrison of French troops; for it is to France that the mercantile world owes the complete suppression of the barbarous and piratical government of that part of Africa.