Settler Colonialism Uncovered

Combat aux portes d'Alger en 1830

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Title

Combat aux portes d'Alger en 1830

Subject

French soldiers attack gates of Algiers

Description

French army breaches the gates of Algiers 4 July 1830. Hussein Dey capitulates 5 July 1830.

Following the fall of Fort Emperor, the French moved their batteries to its ruins and prepare to bombard the Casbah, "the fortress, the seat of power." Emissaries traveled back and forth between the French commander, General De Bourmont and Hussein Dey, the governor of Algiers while the shelling of the Casbah continued. During a pause in bombardment, two Algerian ambassadors left French headquarters with the realization that they would be unable to avoid foreign incursion into the capital city through negotiation. The only hope of keeping the French out lay in a desperate armed resistance. By the afternoon, the first groups of refugees began to flee the city and by evening, chaos reined. Thousands rushed the city gates with their families and the few possessions they could carry, clogging the streets to Constantine in the East and Bab el-Oued in the West. Others slipped away in boats to Cape-Matifou by moonlight. In a single night, almost two-thirds of the city's population evacuated before the arrival of the French.

The next day, July 5, 1830, drums announced the approach of the victorious French military led by the artillery. Hussein Dey finally agreed to the terms of surrender, which the French almost simultaneously violated.

Creator

Anonymous. French School Artist.

Source

Wikimedia Commons

Publisher

Wikimedia Commons

Date

Circa 1830

Contributor

Ashley Sanders

Rights

Public Domain.

Format

JPEG. 733 x 488. 98KB.

Language

French

Type

Drawing

Identifier

Fighting at the Gates of Algiers

Coverage

Files

Citation

Anonymous. French School Artist., “Combat aux portes d'Alger en 1830,” Settler Colonialism Uncovered, accessed May 30, 2017, http://settlercolonialism.matrix.msu.edu/items/show/17.