The True Story of Hayreddin Barbarossa

Ottoman Chief Admiral

Hayreddin Barbarossa was the most feared Ottoman Chief Admiral of the 16th Century who gave the Italians and Spaniards a tough time throughout his life.

He was a skilled warrior with a political instinct that led him to found a prosperous kingdom, allied with the Islamic empire of the Ottoman Turks, and actively defy one of Christian Europe’s most powerful monarchs, the Spanish emperor Charles V.

Hayreddin was born to a converted Muslim Yakup Aga of Turkish origin and his Christian Greek mother Katerina in the late 1470s or the early 1480s.

Their father was a potter who transported his goods through ships and boats. They all learned sailing from their father and worked in their father’s business at first before becoming the pirates of the Mediterranean.


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