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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.10

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.10
page 136



pleafure in inditing them, I fhould never have fucceeded. The text of the fùbjeû I mean to pro* ceed on fays, that about this time the Genoefe were reported throughout France and other coun-tries to be defirous of raifmg a large army to in* Vade Barbary j and that all knights, fquires or men at arms, who would engage in this expedition, fliould be fupplied from Genoa with fuch purvey-ances as bifcuit, frefh water, vinegar, and vefiels and galleys to trahfport them thither. The caufe of theit forming this armament was, that the Africans had attacked the country of Genoa, plundering the iflands belonging to them, and carrying off fuch from the coafts of Genoa as were not on theft- guard, by which they were kept under continual alarms. They poffeffed alfo a town, fituated on the fea-fhore of Barbary, which is beyond meafure ftrong, and called Africa *, furrounded with high walls, gates and deep ditches. Like as the ftrong towiï of Calais is the key of France and Flanders, and whoever is maf-ter of it may at all times enter thofe countries, and from thence may be fent a powerful force by fea, to do mifchief to their neighbours, jufl: fo is the town of Africa, the ftrong hold of the inha-bitants of Barbary, Bugia and Tunis, and other infidel countries. The Genoefe, who are rich merchants, bore great hatred to this town; for its. * Africa, a fea-port town of Barbary, feventy miles diliant from Tunis. - . It was razed to the ground by Andrew Doria, by the command of the tmperor Charles V. and has never been rebuilt. corfaîsr


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