|Photographer:||Emre [View profile]||Title:||ORUC REIS V||Added:||Aug 23, 2005|
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ORUC RESIS'S LIVE (16.th Century):The famous Turkish seaman Oruc Reis started his naval life with his brother Ilyas Reis. A short time after he became a seaman, he was given the command of the Mykenian Light Fleet. He was attacked by the Rhodes fleet while in the Bay of Iskenderun. After this, he started pirating with a ship given him by Korkud Çelebi, and raided the shores of Italy. Later, he retired to the island of Cerbe, where his brother, Hızır Reis, joined him. Soon the fame of the two brothers spread all over the Mediterranean. His arm, wounded by a cannonball fired from the Fort of Bicaye during a skirmish with Spanish ships seeking sanctuary at the fort, was later amputated. Oruc Reis, continuing his career, ended Spanish supremacy in Algiers, and conquered the country. A country wide population and land census was taken. But the Spaniards, seeking to take the country back, attacked. Oruc Reis withstood the attacks of the Spaniards, and their native collaborators, for more than 6 months. Finally, he burst out of the fort with his remaining 40 men. He engaged the Spaniards under the command of Garcia de Tineo on the shore of the river Salado, where he was martyred. His brother Hızır Reis continued where he had left off.