In the summer of 1682, French warships appeared in front of the port of Algiers. They had been sent to bomb the North African city to take revenge on the Algerian armed forces that had confiscated French shipping to impose a new peace treaty on the Dey. Algiers was beaten. Houses, mosques and other public buildings have been destroyed. The French returned the next summer and again in the summer of 1688 to enforce their will against the Algerian authorities by indiscriminate fire.
The French fleet was accompanied in 1683 by a translator, François Pétis de la Croix, an orientalist with mastery of the Arabic, Persian, Armenian and Turkish languages. He served as a royal interpreter of oriental languages, like his father (also François). Known for his own interpretation of Thousand and one
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