Tunisia - The Past - Turkish


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Tunisia - The Past


By then all that was left of Spanish Tunisia was a series of impressive citadels along the coast.

The Ottoman Turks, now ruling directly from Constantinople, imposed their standard pattern of provincial control.

In 1587 Tunisia, Libya and Algeria each became a regency governed by a pasha.

Junior officers (deys) mutinied in 1590 and one of their number, helped by the bey, rose to supreme power.

Gradually the beys, the next tone down in the Turkish army acale, usurped it.

In 1702 a dynasty was installed that, as the Husseinites, survived until 1957.

On 27th July 1957 Tunisia's first independent parliament voted to abolish the monarchy.