Captain Simon Simonson
In 1609, his chance came. He used Jesuit priests which had been captured off Valencia to negotiate with the French court. The french conceded to his requests, and after a quarrel between his men and several Algerians erupted, he fled back to Marseilles. Simonson's flight from Algiers wasn't without consequence however for Simonson stole four ships and booty worth 400,000 crowns, as well as killing 150 Algerians and stealing two large brass cannons belonging to the Algerian government. Once back in Marseilles he rejoined his family and had his citizenship restored. In 1610, Simonson had a plan to raid the city of Algiers, which he presented to the royal court. His plans were denied but Simonson was paid to maintain a squadron patrolling against the corsairs. During one of his patrols, Simonson was captured by the corsairs, taken to Tunis, and there executed in 1616.
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