Dey

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The American Captain William Bainbridge paying tribute to the Dey, circa 1800.

Dey was the title given to the rulers of the Regency of Algiers (Algeria) under the Ottoman Empire from 1671 onwards. Twenty-nine deys held office from the establishment of the deylicate until the French conquest; 14 of them were assassinated.

The dey was chosen by local civilian, military, and pirate leaders to govern for life and ruled with a high degree of autonomy from the Ottoman sultan. The main sources of his revenues were protection payments rendered by the Barbary pirates, who preyed on Mediterranean shipping, and the slave trade, most of the slaves being persons who had been captured by the pirates.

The dey was assisted in governing by a divan made up of the Chiefs of the Army and Navy, the Director of Shipping, the Treasurer-General and the Collector of Tributes.

The dey's realm was divided into three provinces (Constantine, Titteri and Mascara), each of which was administered by a bey whom he appointed.

The rule of the deys came to an end on 5 July 1830, when Hussein Dey (1765–1838) surrendered to invading French forces.

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