Talk:Barbary Coast

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Needs a rewrite...[edit]

This page needs to be rewritten for proper grammar and clarity, particularly the second and third paragraphs. Particularly the part about the U.S. navy attacking to keep the American prisoners in captivity ;-) 128.222.37.21 (talk) 18:09, 27 June 2008 (UTC) Dan H.

The name comes from Barbarosa (Spanish for red beard), not from the "Berber people". Sheesh. 12.165.139.33 (talk) 18:21, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Interresting I'm reading this for the first time, though it sounds credible, when one thinks of the islamic custom of tinting the beard red with henna, like Muhammed did.-- 178.115.170.201 (talk) 09:27, 9 April 2011 (UTC)

I'd like to see a map in the main article[edit]

I'd like to see a map in the main article. Readers need to see a map to understand how a weakness to a Navy and their merchant marine would be at a narrow point such as the Straights of Gibralter.

We could compare the Straights of Gibraltar then, to the Straights of Hormuz today (in the year 2008). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 166.70.243.33 (talk) 05:21, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

European slaves are asome[edit]

An editor has correctly questioned the 3 miillion European slave figure. Davis, in the bottom external link, suggests over 1 million, but he seems to be alone in this article.

I read "someplace", that the pirates had boldly sailed up to some Irish coastal town and depopulated it! Not sure of the time but 18th or 19th century. So it was fairly extensive. Student7 (talk) 21:05, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

Geographical limits of Barbary Coast?[edit]

Someone recently changed the article Republic of Salé from referencing the former city-state from being on the Morroccan Coast (With a link which was a redirect to the article about modern Morrocco) to be a link to here (Barbary Coast). However, I thought that the common definition of "Barbary Coast" was the North African ports from the Strait of Gibralter (ie Tangier) and eastward into the Mediterranean. Salé on the Bou Regreg River is on the Atlantic coast, and while it was a base for Barbary Pirates it was not part of the Barbary Coast (A slight difference in distinction between "Barbary" and "Barbary Coast"). Am I misteaken and the geographical term "Barbary Coast" does include Salé and other such ports on the Atlantic coast? I'm going to go ahead and Be Bold and change that article to reference the river, but since I'm not 100% sure that the term "Barbary Coast" is incorrect in that case, hence my asking here. Gecko G (talk) 21:41, 30 March 2014 (UTC)