MIKARIUS SALIPPE (1780-1850)

A military man and interpreter, who joined the Coptic at age twenty and emigrated to France in 1801 with the legionnaires who followed General YA‘QUB. He is supposed to have embarked for America with the Toulon Squadron in 1804 and to have spent two years there.

Salippe was with the Bataillon des Chasseurs d’Orient during the campaigns in Dalmatia, where he distinguished himself in the lifting of the blockade of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) in 1806, and in the Ionian in 1807. Having been twice wounded in the head, he was put on half pay at Rome by General Miollis in 1813.

While working at the Dépôt des Refugiés égyptiens at Marseilles, Salippe was recalled to the army in 1830, at the time of the to Algiers, to serve as guide and interpreter. Named auxiliary interpreter in 1846, he served in that capacity at Fort Mers-el-Kébir.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Féraud, L.-C. Les Interprètes de l’armée d’Afrique, p. 220. Algiers, 1876.

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