LA REUNIÓN DE
FORT LAUDERDALE 2005
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After the Battle
of Lepanto Cervantes remained in hospital for around six months, before his
wounds were sufficiently healed to allow his joining the colors again.
From 1572 to 1575, based mainly in Naples, he continued his soldier's life: he
participated in expeditions to Corfu
and Navarino, and
saw the fall of Tunis
Goletta to the Turks
On 6 or 7 September 1575 Cervantes set sail on the galley
Sol from Naples to Barcelona,
with letters of commendation to the king from the duke de Sessa.
On the morning of September 26, as the Sol approached the Catalan coast,
it was attacked by Algerian
corsairs. After significant resistance, in which the captain and many crew
members were killed, the surviving passengers were taken to Algiers
After five years spent as a slave
in Algiers, and four unsuccessful escape attempts, he was ransomed by his
parents and the Trinitarians
and returned to his family in Madrid. Not surprisingly, this period of
Cervantes' life supplied subject matter for several of his literary works,
notably the Captive's tale in Don Quixote and the two plays set in
Algiers – El Trato de Argel (The Treaty of Algiers) and Los
Baños de Argel (The Baths of Algiers) – as well as episodes
in a number of other writings, although never in straight autobiographical form.