Settler Colonialism Uncovered

"Le coup d'eventail" (The flyswatter attack)

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Title

"Le coup d'eventail" (The flyswatter attack)

Subject

Diplomacy, Hussein Dey, Algeria

Description

In 1798, Napoleon I invaded Egypt, and to feed his troops, bought grain from merchants in Algeria, but he never paid them back. In 1814, the next French government ignored the previous regime's debts until, finally, in 1827, the governor of Algiers requested repayment. When the French consul refused to discuss the matter, the Algerian governor (dey) struck him across the face with his fly whisk. In retalliation, France broke off diplomatic communication with Algiers and blockaded her port. In response, the dey ordered several French trading posts destroyed. Unable to permit the insults to go unanswered, the government of French King Charles X launched an all-out assault on Algiers in 1830.

Creator

Anonymous

Publisher

Date

1827

Contributor

Ashley Sanders

Rights

This work exists in the public domain, and following the Wikimedia Commons position "faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain, and that claims to the contrary represent an assault on the very concept of a public domain".

Format

JPEG. 451 × 520 (84 KB)

Type

Photographic reproduction of original artwork.

Identifier

Coup d'eventail

Coverage

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Original Format

Painting

Physical Dimensions

Electronic Image: 451 × 520 (84 KB)

Files

Citation

Anonymous, “"Le coup d'eventail" (The flyswatter attack),” Settler Colonialism Uncovered, accessed December 11, 2017, http://settlercolonialism.matrix.msu.edu/items/show/6.