Fine engraved view of Tripoli, showing the French bombardment in June 1685.
In the second half of the 17th Century, Tripoli became one of the base locations for the Barbary Pirates. Several European expeditions against this stronghold were undertaken, including one by John Narborough in 1675.
The present view illustrates the French bombardment of Tripoli from June 22 to June 24, 1685 under teh command of Vice-Admiral D'Estrees. After three days of bombardment, the locals agreed to a peace which involved the payment of 500,000 livres for damages caused by the pirates, release of all French slaves and certain political concessions.