Raïs Hamidou

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Raïs Hamidou
الرايس حميدو
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Born 1773
Boumerdes, Ottoman Algeria
Died 1815
Cape Gata, Near of Spain
Piratical career
Nickname Amir el bihar (leader of the seas)
Type Corsair
Allegiance Regency of Algiers, Ottoman Empire
Years active 1795 - 1815
Rank Captain, then Admiral



Rais Hamidou or Hamidu, also called Hammida or Amidon (in the American literature) (1773–1815) was a famous Algerine corsair. He captured many ships during his career and was known for his gallantry and chivalry. Hamidou died in the Battle off Cape Gata against an American squadron commanded by Stephen Decatur in 1815. The commune of Raïs Hamidou in Algiers, is named after him.

Captain William Bainbridge pays tribute to the Dey of Algiers, in the name of the United States of America; in 1800.
Algiers the capital of Algeria in the time of Rais Hamidou