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Title:The British in the Barbary through the Records of an English Church in Algiers
Author:Munro, Alan G.
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic terms:Algeria
Great Britain
Subjects:foreign policy
traditional polities
History and Exploration
Abstract:The development of the British connection with Algiers is recorded in a number of plaques in the Anglican church in that city. The plaques are the work of Robert Lambert Playfair, Consul General from 1867 to 1896, who was also responsible for the construction of the first Anglican church in Algiers. The most important events recorded by the plaques are connected with the activities of the Royal Navy, which acted as the main channel for British contact with the Barbary States from the early 17th century to the early decades of the 19th. The Royal Navy negotiated terms of peace and trade with those States and fought frequent engagements (with varying success) against them. Playfair's plaques also record the names of British consuls and Anglican chaplains in Algiers; American consular and naval activities in the area in the early 19th century; and prominent British visitors of the Victorian period. Bibliogr.