Drawing of the Bay of Arzew (Oran) in the ship’s log of the expedition commanded by Blas de Lezo (1733)
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Drawing of the Bay of Arzew (Oran) in the ship’s log of the expedition commanded by Blas de Lezo (1733)

This log traces the story of an expedition that set out to conquer the city of Oran, at that time besieged by Barbary pirates under the Algerian Bey Hassan.  As described in this log, on its return journey, Lezo’s squadron carried out various pirate raids.

Dimensions:
22 x 15 x 1 cm. 
Medium/support:
Paper, ink / Manuscript 
Cultural context:
Modern era. 1733 
Artist:
Blas de Lezo (attr.)