§ 608.French colonization of Algeria

V-69 (§608):

The great shall be no more in false sleep,
The inquietude shall take repose:
A country shall raise phalanges of gold, azure, & vermeil,
And subjugate Africa to gnaw it to the bone.

(Plus ne sera le grand en faulx sommeil,
L'inquietude viendra prendre repoz:
Dresser phalange d'or, azure, & vermeil,
Subjuguer Affrique la ronger jusques aux oz.)

Keys to the reading:
The great: The dey of Algiers, Hussein.

The inquietude: The European navigators and coasts always risking the danger of being pirated.

A country: France, « of gold, azure, & vermeil » meaning « red, blue and silver », i.e. « tricolored ». See below.

gold: Au colloid, used e.g. in stained glass, shows ruby.

vermeil: «Gold gives the red, azure is a mineral which gives the pure blue; what can signify the word vermeil ? - The vermeil has the same appearance as gold, but its base is silver, and silver is white. These phalanges cannot be of gold, azure and vermeil but in respect to the color. The Prophet signals three colors: gold gives the red, azure the blue; we are strictly constrained to see the silver or the white in vermeil: if this word is taken in the sense of gold or red, it will repeat the same in vain.» (Torné-Chavigny, 1860, p.57).

«The Moor of Algiers, entertaining the peace with all the peoples and delivering temselves to pirating all of them, shall stop being free, and the navigators shall be no more inquiet. France shall form the armies that, under the flag with three colors: red, blue, white, shall make Algeria a French territory.» (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.56); « On the 2nd of March, 1830, Charles X declared in the presence of the assembled deputies and peers his intention to preserve intact the prerogatives of the crown and French institutions. The address of the deputies in response to the speech from the throne showed the king that the composition of his new cabinet was dangerous and menacing to public liberty. Two hundred and twenty-one members as against 186 voted for this memorable address. The king was indignant. However, the council had tried to acquire some popularity by means of a military success, and an insult offered to the French consul by the dey of Algiers furnished the ministers a favourable opportunity to clear the sea of barbarous pirates. The Algerian dey, Hussein [The great], had come into power in 1818. No bey had been so well obeyed... Ibrahim, Hussein's son-in-law, took with him the Turkish militia, some Kolougis and Moors of Algiers, the contingent of the beys, and some thousand Kabyles... The dey and the inhabitants of Algiers had no doubt of success [The great shall be no more in false sleep]; there was consternation at the arrival of the fugitives. The Algerians hastened to defend Fort Emperor, which protected the town on the southwest... On July fourth [1830], at four o'clock in the morning, the entrenchement was opened against Fort Emperor; the French batteries then uncovered and destroyed it with their fire. The garrison made a brave defence, but the contest of the two artilleries was too unequal; at the end of a few hours the Turks had their embrasures demolished, their guns dismounted, their gunners disabled. Fort Emperor once taken, Algiers could no longer hold out; Hussein signed a capitulation [The inquietude shall take repose].» (HH, XIII, p.42-44).
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Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 219 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§949).

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