Modern Murtana is a large village, long under the dominion of the Dere Beys of the Tekke Oglu family.
The wealthier inhabitants have summer residences at Beilan near the summit of the pass, long a stronghold of freebooting Dere Beys and the scene of the victory won by Ibrahim Pasha in 1832, which opened Cilicia to his advance.
Under the rule of the Turks and, later, the beys of Tunis Mandia became a place of little importance.
Formerly the seat of the beys of Oran, it is occupied by the general in command of the military division and also serves as barracks.
Porto Farina was the naval arsenal of the piratical beys of Tunis and was bombarded by the English under Admiral Blake in 16J5.