National Geographic : 1943 Jan
Peter Burckhardt Modest of Face, Coquettish of Foot, Are Algiers' Veiled Women, Swathed inWhite In a typical crowd awaiting the streetcar in Mustapha, a part of Algiers, costumes and races are mixed. Before theAmerican Forces landed, Arabs, Moors, Kabyles, Sudanese, and Jews worked and played side by side with French administrators, English sun-hunters, and American travelers. Soon after theFrench conquest in 1830, colonies of Spanish, Italians, Prussians, Swiss, and Irish settled in Algeria. Normally nearly 80 percent of the Europeans inAlgeria areFrench. InNorth African cities European quarters have developed close to the original native towns. Thus two worlds, sharing streetcars and motion-picture theaters, evolved acom mon life that made the North African tour popular and scattered modern hotels in the desert itself.