Capture of Bougie
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|Capture of Bougie|
|Part of The Ottoman–Habsburg wars|
Historic map of Algiers and Bougie by Piri Reis
|Regency of Algiers||Spain|
|Commanders and leaders|
Andrea Doria (too late to help)
The Capture of Bougie occurred in 1555 when Salah Rais, the Ottoman ruler of Algiers, took the city of Béjaïa from the Spaniards. The main fortification in Bougie was the Spanish presidio, occupied by about 100 men under first under Luis Peralta, and then his son Alonso Peralta.
The city was captured by Salah Rais from his base of Algiers, at the head of several thousand men and a small fleet consisting in 2 galleys, a barque, and a French saëte ("flèche", or "arrow") requisitioned in Algiers. Peralta had sent messages to Spain for help, and Andrea Doria prepared to leave with a fleet from Naples, but it was too late.
The Spanish force was defeated, but Alonso Peralta was allowed to leave unharmed with 40 men of his choice. He was severely criticized upon his return to Spain, and was beheaded in Valladolid on 4 May 1556.