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Captain John in Morocco: Pirate, Head of State, Migrant at Home
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Rabat, June 3 -- Rais was a pirate born in the Netherlands in 1575. He fought the Spanish Empire alongside his Dutch troops and, after his arrest in 1681 near the Canary Islands, joined the Ottoman pirate ships. He was transferred to prison in Algiers, the capital of the regional Ottoman Eyalet, or state, at the time. There he declared his conversion to Islam, thus becoming Murad Rais and joining another Dutch pirate, Suleiman Rais, who took him under his wing. The two worked together until the death of the latter in a battle in 1619.
Afterward, the city of Algiers signed peace agreements with several countries, declaring the end of piracy and all interception of civil and commercial European ships.
So far, the biography of Murad Rais i...
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