Mers-el-kebir sentence example

  • The Spaniards took Mers-el-Kebir (1505), Oran (1509), and Bougie and Tripoli (151o).
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  • In the end, the only towns the Spaniards retained on the Algerian coast were Oran and Mers-el-Kebir.
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  • Four miles west of Oran a small promontory forms the harbour of Mers-el-Kebir, formerly a stronghold of the Barbary pirates.
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  • A road along the east coast, cut for the most part out of the solid rock, connects Oran and Mers-el-Kebir.
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  • Attempts have been made to identify Oran with the Quiza, and Mers-el-Kebir with the Portus Magnus, of the Romans.
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  • There are, however, no Roman ruins at Oran or at Mers-el-Kebir.
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  • Under the influence of these refugees the legitimate trade of the town gave place to piracy, Mers-el-Kebir becoming the stronghold of the pirates.
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  • Mers-el-Kebir fell into their hands on the 23rd of October 1505, and Oran in May 1509.
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