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The Barbarian corsairs in Punta Umbría

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 6 months ago

I visited in a single journey Huelva (where I had the hotel) and Punta Umbría in one day trip. I was interested in Huelva for being a Columbian place; that is, a place related with the discovery of America by Columbus. He stayed in Huelva before embarking on his first journey to America and prayed in a church called Nuestra Señora de la Cinta. Upon his return from his first journey he went again to the same church to thanks God for the success of his voyage. There is even a statue devoted to Columbus in a central square that I photographed. At midday I caught a bus to Punta Umbría a place that I had been recommended to visit. Its beaches were beautiful, with fine and clean golden sand. It was also a historical place. There was a tower dating from the XVI century, similar to a Genoese Tower, to watch the arrival of the pirates, especially the Barbary corsairs, also known as the Ottoman corsairs, which bases were in Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli, to capture European Christian and sell them as slaves in the Middle East. They even navigated, via the Strait of Gibraltar, to make raids in Portugal, Holland, England, Ireland and even Iceland to catch slaves, to rob and kill. After having an excellent local dish (a kind of paella consisting on rice with lobster and shrimps) I returned by bus to Huelva.


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