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to Tobias Lear re: wrongly imprisoned and abused Portuguese [in French]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.112 Author/Creator: Place Written: Algiers, Algeria Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1806/10/24 Pagination: 2 p. + docket 30 x 21.3 cm

Summary of Content: Signed by various Portuguese officers: Paulo Freire de Andrade, F. Bernardo Borges do Valle, Jose Bernardo de Hacerda, Diogo Ramire Esquivel, Joao Jose de Andrade, and Joao dos Santos. Letter mentions Portuguese wrongly imprisoned and beaten by Algerians. The document reports that some sick Portuguese soldiers, along with some Moors and Tripolitans, disguised as Algerians, escaped on a freighter. Docketed on verso.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: DiplomacyGovernment and CivicsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAfricaBarbary CoastBarbary PiratesBarbary WarsPrisonerHealth and MedicalMaritimeMilitary HistorySlavery

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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