Catalogue description Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Barbary States

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Details of SP 71
Reference: SP 71
Title: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Barbary States

Correspondence and papers of the Secretary of State concerning the Barbary States. The records relate to Algiers, 1595-1780; Morocco, 1577-1774; Tripoli, 1590-1780 and Tunis, 1622-1780.

The records are mainly in-letters (with some extracts) to the Secretary of State from the English or British consuls, eg in Algiers, Salé, Tripoli, Tunis, or Tetuan (Tétouan), together with a number of draft replies. Included are original letters from heads of state (including the Emperor of Morocco) and their ministers, and certain foreign ambassadors. Petitions to the Secretary of State, and several royal warrants and instructions to the consuls or agents acting for the government may also be found.

Date: 1577-1780

The records were rearranged and numbering in chronological order (by state) prior to calendaring.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 29 volume(s)
Publication note:

Selected references to the documents for the period July 1577 to July 1589 are in the Calendar of State Papers Foreign Series of the Reign of Elizabeth I ed Arthur John Butler Sophie Crawford Lomas and Richard Bruce Wernham (London 1901-1950). The more important papers in this series from August 1589 to December 1595 are referred to in the List and Analysis of State Papers Foreign Series Elizabeth I I-VI ed Richard Bruce Wernham (London 1964-1993). Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.

Administrative / biographical background:

The Barbary States are now incorporated into the modern North African states of Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia.

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