National Geographic : 1925 Aug
TRIPOLITANIA, WHERE ROME RESUMES SWAY 133 10 ') THE NEW SEA PROMENADE: TRIPOLI This seaport was once a stronghold of those fierce Barbary pirates who for centuries proved a scourge to the shipping of the Christian world. Their depredations to American commerce finally brought on war, and it was here, in 1804, that Commodore Decatur recaptured and burned the American frigate Philadelphia, which had gone on the rocks and been taken by the pirates. Photographs by Gordon Casserly TIIE WATER FRONT OF TRIPOLI WITI A GRACEFUL MINARET IN TIlE DISTANCE Under the Turkish regime the many mosques of Tripoli were jealously closed to the unbeliever. Now, however, it is possible to visit many of them, one of the most interesting being the Mosque of Dragut, burial place of the pirate of that name, whose chief claim to fame was that he provided the material for and built a mound of Christian skulls by the seashore at Djerba.