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Hasna Lebbady

governor of Tétouan, was born in the northern Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, sometime between 1491 and 1495. Also known as “Sitt al-Hurra,” she was the daughter of Mulay ʿAli Ibn Rashid, emir of Chefchaouen, and of Lalla Zohra Fernandez, originally from Veger, near Cadiz. Although numerous historians, both European and Moroccan, have noted her eminent position as governor, they do not always agree about aspects of her personal identity, such as the claim that she was a pirate, what her real name was, or which member of the al-Mandri family she actually married, enabling her to move to Tétouan and to eventually govern it. What they all suggest, however, is that she played a role of considerable importance in this northernmost tip of the African continent in the first half of the sixteenth century.

By the sixteenth century the Portuguese discovery of the sea route to India via the ...


Robert Ross

commander of the short-lived Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope, was born on the island of Mauritius. His father was Dutch and his mother, from Batavia, was the daughter of Hendrik Lievens, a Dutch ship’s captain, and Monica da Costa, a slave woman from Coromandel on the southeast coast of India. He was brought up in Batavia, and moved to the Netherlands in 1659. There he married into the influential Six family in Amsterdam. He served in the Amsterdam militia as a cavalry officer in the 1672 war with France. He was then, in 1679 appointed commander of the Dutch East India Company or VOC for Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie station at the Cape of Good Hope presumably due to Six influence and very possibly to escape a marriage that had gone sour He remained as commander until he was succeeded by his son Willem Adriaen in ...