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He hoped she would at least be willing to fight the Spaniards in America. ” If she would be willing to cooperate, he would declare a jihad that would attract all the Berbers and the Arabs of the Maghrib. But, he continued, only if the Muslims know that upon conquering the lands, those lands would remain in their hands, would they be willing to fight; otherwise, if they were to conquer and then leave, the jurists would oppose the expenditure and loss of life. Al-Mansur repeated this point twice: he was willing to spend all that was needed only if conquest led to possession.
After all, the queen was in need of help and wanted to strengthen her naval forces and man them with the best available fighters—at the same time that al-Mansur needed England’s naval and military technology. In this respect, a difference prevailed between the queen’s position regarding cooperation with the Moors and the vox populi: if the theater was the press of the period, then it conveyed a strong reaction against cooperation and engagement with the Moors. But the queen did not, of course, go by the vox populi, especially the voice that came from south of the Thames.
45 England and Morocco were joined in jihad against Spain. A decisive Moorish contribution to the victory was undertaken by one of the captives on board the Spanish ship St. Philip. As soon as the English fleet commenced operations, a “Moorish Slave” set “fire to the Gunpowder [aboard the St. ”46 In recognition of Moroccan cooperation, the English assisted the Moors who had been held galley slaves on Spanish ships: 22 Britain and Barbary, 1589–1689 While the Lordes Generalls weare at Cadiz, there came to them certain poor wretches, Turkes [Moors] to the number of 38, that had beene a longe tyme galley slaves and, ether at the very tyme of the fight by sea or ells immediatelie thereuppon, takeing their opportunitie, did then make their escape and swimme to land, yielding themselves to the mercie of their honorable Lordshippes.