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Algeria wants back the cannon "Baba Merzoug", taken by the French in 1830

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Algiers- Merzoug Baba, a bronze cannon of twelve tons built in 1542, seven meters long with a range of about 5 km, defended Algiers for more than two hundred years, before being taken by the French in 1830 during the colonization.

  • Merzoug Baba, a bronze cannon of twelve tons built in 1542, seven meters long with a range of about 5 km, defended Algiers for more than two hundred years, before being taken by the French in 1830 during the colonization.
  •  The French have renamed it the "Consular", in reference to two French consuls; missionary Father Jean Le Vacher, consul of Algiers, who was attached to the muzzle of the cannon and shredded in July 1683, in retaliation for the bombing of Algiers by Admiral Duquesne who claimed that all the Christian slaves be released, and the consul André Piolle in 1688 during a similar attack committed by Marshal Jean d'Estrees against Algiers.
  • For the Algerians, this gun is more than a symbol, it was the most powerful in the Mediterranean, and had defended Algiers for two centuries. It must find its place in Algiers by July 5, 2012 after 182 years of absence.
  • According to Babaci Belkacem, a specialist in the history of Algiers, Algeria has had a clear promise of the Elysée so that Baba Merzoug returns back to Algiers on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of independence.
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  • Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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