Semi-independent Turkish provinces along the coast of N Africa (16th-19th cent.); Tripoli, Tunisia, Algeria, & Morocco.
Webster's New World
The North African states of Algeria, Tunisia, Tripoli, and Morocco, especially from the 16th to the 19th century.
Barbary States Sentence Examples
The governors of the more distant provinces enjoyed a considerable amount of independence, which in the case of the Barbary states was more or less complete; these entered into treaties with foreign powers, and by their piratical outrages frequently caused the Porte considerable embarrassment.
When the United States found that bribing the pirate Barbary states did not secure exemption from their outrages, and was constrained at last to use force, he served against Algiers and Tunis.
The most stirring events in the history of the town are connected with the Turkish conquest of the Barbary states.
In 1803 he quarrelled with the Bey, was ordered from the country, and returned to the United States to urge American intervention for the restoration of Ahmet Karamanli to the throne of Tripoli, arguing that this would impress the Barbary States with the power of the United States.
In 1804 he returned to the Mediterranean as United States naval agent to the Barbary States with Barron's fleet.