The rivalry between these two officials in Tunisia contributed not a little to strain FrancoItalian relations, but it is doubtful whether France would have precipitated her action had not General Menabrea, Italian ambassador in London, urged his government to purchase the Tunis-Goletta railway from the English company by which it had been constructed.
Roustan therefore hastened to extort from the bey concessions calculated to neutralize the advantages which Italy had hoped to secure by the possession of the Tunis- Goletta line, and at the same time the French government prepared at Toulon an expeditionary corps for the occupation of the Regency.
These places are noticed separately, as are also Goletta (formerly the port of Tunis), Bizerta (a naval port and arsenal), Kef, Porto Farina, and the ruins at Carthage and Sbeitla (Sufetula).
The first railway built (1871-1872) was that between Goletta and Tunis.
The Spaniards remained at Goletta and made it a strong fortress, they also occupied the island of Jerba and some points on the south-east coast; but the interior was a prey to anarchy and civil war, until in 1570 'Ali-Pasha of Algiers utterly defeated IIamid, the son and successor of Masan, and occupied Tunis.
Sent a strong expedition which drove the Spaniards from Tunis and Goletta, and reduced the country to a Turkish province.
The northern road, the Rue de Rome, led to the Gare du Nord, the station for Carthage, Goletta and La Marsa.
The imports are cotton goods, flour, hardware, coal, sugar, tea, coffee, &c. The figures of trade and shipping are included in those of the trade of the regency (see Tunisia), of which Tunis and Goletta take about a third.
10,292 Col de la Goletta(Va ld'Isere to the Rhemes Valley), snow (C) 10,237 Col de Rhemes (same to same), snow (C).
GOLETTA [LA GOULETTE], a town on the Gulf of Tunis in 36° 50' N.
Built on the narrow strip of sand which separates the lake from the gulf, Goletta is defended by a fort and battery.
The town contains a summer palace of the bey, the old seraglio, arsenal and customhouse, and many villas, gardens and pleasure resorts, Goletta being a favourite place for sea-bathing.
An electric tramway which runs along the north bank of the ship canal connects Goletta with the city of Tunis (q.v.).
Of Goletta, is La Marsa, a summer resort overlooking the sea.
Before the opening of the ship canal in 1893 Goletta, as the port of Tunis, was a place of considerable importance.
The basin at the Goletta end of the canal now serves as a subsidiary harbour to that of Tunis.
Khair-ed-Din Barbarossa having made himself master of Tunis and its port, Goletta was attacked in 1 535 by the emperor Charles V., who seized the pirate's fleet, which was sheltered in the small canal, his arsenal, and 300 brass cannon.