The corsair retaliated by leading what remained of his navy on a plundering raid to the Balearic Islands.
Repeated attempts were made by various European nations to subdue the pirates, and in 1816 the city was bombarded by a British squadron under Lord Exmouth, assisted by Dutch men-of-war, and the corsair fleet burned.
In 1528 San German was plundered by a French corsair and twenty-six years later utterly destroyed.
Khair-ed-Din Barbarossa besieged and captured the city in 1535; and in 1558 it was sacked by a corsair called Piali.
After spending some time as a Genoese galley-slave, he turned corsair and became the terror of the Mediterranean coasts.