Barbary Coast

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Barbary Coast

1. The Mediterranean coastal area of Barbary and the Barbary States.
2. A waterfront area of San Francisco, California, in the years after the 1849 gold rush. It was notorious for its gambling dens, saloons, brothels, and disreputable boarding houses.
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Barbary Coast

n
(Placename) the Barbary Coast a historic name for the Mediterranean coast of North Africa: a centre of piracy against European shipping from the 16th to the 19th centuries
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Bar′bary Coast′


n.
1. the Mediterranean coastline of the former Barbary States.
2. the San Francisco waterfront in the 19th century, notorious for prostitutes, saloons, and gambling houses.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Barbary Coast - a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849)Barbary Coast - a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849); "we'll tolerate no Barbary Coast in this city!"
city district - a district of a town or city
2.Barbary Coast - the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish piratesBarbary Coast - the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
Barbary - a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th centuries
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But if he trended to the south he might reach Spain and the Barbary States. To his north would be Flanders and the country of the Eastlanders and of the Muscovites."
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This time Washington seemed serious about reaching an accommodation with the Barbary States. Barlow was authorized to promise Algiers, the leading Barbary state in their loose confederation, a payment of $800,000 -- a staggering sum at the time -- and an additional $20,000 in naval supplies every year.
1801: The American Navy schooner USS Enterprise captured a Tripolitan polacca at the start of the First Barbary War, fought by the US and Sweden against four North African states known as the Barbary States.
Decatur was famous for his daredevil acts of valour, especially for the burning of the frigate USS Philadelphia, which was in the hands of pirates from the Barbary States. Having captured the ship with just a handful of men, Decatur set the ship on fire and came back victorious without losing a single man in his army.
The four Barbary states demanded payment for the right to enter the Mediterranean.
President George Washington asked for the ships in 1794 to force the Barbary States of North Africa to stop capturing American merchantmen and enslaving their crews.