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Algeria was a French colony in northern Africa, fronting on the Mediterranean, and comprising besides Northern Algeria, with 17 arrondissements and 350 communes, South Algeria, which extends far to the south and west, and embraces the vast Saharan oases organized into four territories in 1905.

Algeria is an old country. Its prince was an ally of Hannibal, and it became a Roman province under the Cæsars. It was successfully conquered by the Vandals, by Belisarius, by the Saracens, the Morabites (an Arabian religious sect), the Spaniards and the Turks, who taught Algerines to be the dreaded pirates they were. Many thousand Europeans were captured and enslaved by them. This piracy grew so unbearable that the English, Dutch and French sent fleets at different times to suppress it. The French, at last, in 1830, conquered Algiers, but there were numerous revolts, especially that of Abd-el-Kadir, before France became fully master of the country and the life of a Frenchman was safe outside the walls of the capital.

The area of the Algerian Sahara effectively occupied is estimated at about 193,000 square miles, including the zones, in the southwest, with a population numbering about 62,000. The two regions (North Algeria has an area of 184,474 square miles), have a total area of about 343,500 square miles, with an aggregate population in 1911 of 5,563,828, all but 795,522 Europeans being natives—Arabs, Berbers, Tunisians, Moroccans and Musulmans.

The extent of French possessions in Africa is very large, its area extending from the Mediterranean, and including the region of Tunis, in the north, to the Gulf of Guinea in the south, together with the French Congo district, to the southeastward, and covering also all of French West Africa and the Sahara to the Atlantic, including French Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Senegal and the Niger region, besides French Somaliland on the Gulf of Aden, at the foot of the Red Sea.

Government. The government and administration of Algeria are centralized at Algiers under a governor-general, who represents the authority of the French Republic throughout Algerian territory. He is assisted in his duties by a council; while each department sends one senator and two deputies to the French National Assembly. The revenue, estimated for 1911, of the Algerian colony was 144,549,940 francs, with an expenditure of 140,546,551; that of the southern territory, for the same year, was 5,615,244 francs, with an expenditure of 6,891 francs below the total revenue. The military force of France in the colony was, in 1911, about 56,000 of all ranks, of whom two-thirds were Europeans. The debt of Algeria (December, 1909), amounted to close upon 57¼ million francs in capital and 114 million francs in annuities, interest, etc.

Economy. Its annual commerce aggregates 1,078 million francs, 565 million representing imports and 513 representing exports. The chief items of the latter are living animals, wool, hides, cereals, wines, cork, tobacco, fruits, olive oil, phosphates and some iron and zinc ore, besides fish and various shell-fish. The chief cereals raised are wheat, oats, barley, maize and beans. In Algeria the animal stock is considerable, embracing in 1909, 233,243 horses, 187,339 mules, 278,250 asses, 205,106 camels, 4,006,913 goats, 9,066,916 sheep, besides 110,700 pigs and over 1,100,000 cattle.

Transportation. The railways of the colony, which receive state aid, were in 1910, 2,035 English miles in extent, besides 200 miles of tramway. In addition there are a considerable system of telegraphy and a fair postal service and a sound system of banking. Algiers, the capital, and chief seaport, has a population of about 110,000.


The New Student's Reference Work (1914)

Available Books


Image Name
Juifs d'Alger
The Fritter Shop, Tunis
Lieutenant Colonel Marey, Commandant des Spahis
Souk el Hout, Tunis
Femmes Maures hors maison
The Penon, Algiers
The Leopard Door, Algiers
Un Camp Francais
Bougainvillaea, Algiers
The Ancient Ports of Carthage
La Porte Bab-el-Oued
Vue D'Alger
Fontaine aux Environs D'Alger
Souk el Attarin, Tunis
In the Market-Place, Biskra
The Fruit Market, Biskra
The Roman Amphitheatre, El Djem
Back Cover
Hussein Pacha dernier Dey d'Alger
Construction des Maisons de Barbarie
A River of the Sahara
In the heart of an Oasis
Coulouglis Costume Elegant
Femme Maure a la Maison
Vue de la Pointe Pescade
Armes et Ustensils de Menage
The Silent Waterfall, Hammam Meskoutine
The Basket-Makers, Sousse
Shooting Hyenas on the Purple Mountains near El Greshe
Front Cover
Front Cover
The Begging Marabout
Back Cover
Souk el Trouk, Tunis
Negre d'Alger
Un Marabout
A Village Street, Biskra
Mosque of Sidi Abder Rahman, Algiers
Algiers from the Jardin d'Essai
Tunis from the Belvedere
The Red Aloes
Corsaires Algeriens
Cavaliers Arabs
A Mozabite Fantasia
A Desert Afterglow
The Carpet School, Algiers
The Gates of the Desert
Constantine 1837
A Caravan on the Sahara
A Street of Arches, Tunis
Aqueduc de Mustapha Pacha
The Arab Wedding, Hammam Meskoutine
Unlading Wood
Souk el Belat, Tunis
Maure d'Alger
Carding Wool
Title Page
The Site of Carthage from Sidi Bou Said
The Zaouia of the Rue Tourbet el Bey, Tunis
Vue d'une partie de la Place d'Alger
Un Coulouglis, Costume d'hiver
Stone Pines, Algiers
Marabout de Syde Takote
Shooting Wild Ducks near Ain Mokra, Province of Constantine, Algeria
Market Day, Timgad
Title Page
Point de vue pres Mustapha Pacha, d'Alger
Juives d'Alger
On my Balcony, Algiers
Gorge of the Roumel, Constantine
Temple of Celestis, Dougga
Sketch Map of Algeria and Tunis
Souk des Etoffes, Tunis
The Palm Village
The Arch of Trajan, Timgad
Street of the Dancing Girls, Biskra
Title Page
Koubba of Sidi Noumann, Bouzareah
Mosque of Sidi Okba, Kairouan
Cafe Maure pres du Consulat d'Espagne a Alger
My Two Servants, Angelo and Nero
Mosque of Sidi Ben Ziad, Tunis - the Auction Day
The Mosque of the Three Doors, Kairouan
Friday at the Cemetery, Algiers
Rag Fair
Hog Shooting on the Banks of the Quad El Ahwena, in Tunisia
Moorish Gateway, Kairouan
Carte de la Regence D'Alger
Evening, Kairouan


Map Name
Costumes, Moeurs et Usages des Algeriens - Carte de la Regence D'Alger (1837)


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