The Ruffians are only nominally subject to the sultan of Morocco, against whose authority they are in constant revolt.
It again, however, became the resort of pirates, and the names of many of the worst of these ruffians are associated with New Providence; the notorious Edward Teach, called Blackbeard, who was afterwards killed in action against two American ships in 1718, being chief among the number.
The Spaniards have had much trouble with the neighbouring tribes - turbulent Ruffians, hardly subject to the sultan of Morocco.
In 1893 the Ruffians besieged Melilla and 25,000 men had to be despatched against them.
In October of that year the Ruffians revolted from the Roghi and raided the mines, which remained closed until June 1909.
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