Capture of Bougie
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (June 2015)|
|Capture of Bougie|
|Part of The Ottoman–Habsburg wars|
Historic map of Algiers and Bougie by Piri Reis
|Commanders and leaders|
|Salah Rais|| Luis Peralta
Andrea Doria (too late to help)
|several thousand men and a small fleet||About 100 men|
The Capture of Bougie occurred in 1555 when the Ottoman ruler of Algiers Salah Rais took the city of Bougie from the Spaniards. The Spanish presidio was the main fortification in Bougie, occupied by about 100 men under Luis Peralta, and then his son Alonso Peralta. The city was captured by Salah Rais from his base of Algiers, at the head of several thousand men and a small fleet consisting in 2 galleys, a barque, and a French saëte ("flèche", or "arrow") requisitioned in Algiers. Peralta had sent messages to Spain for help, and Andrea Doria prepared to leave with a fleet from Naples, but too late.
The Spanish force was defeated, but Alonso Peralta was allowed to leave unharmed with 40 men of his choice. He was severely criticized upon his return to Spain, and beheaded in Valladolid on 4 May 1556.