Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Bengazi (classic Berenice), the capital of Barca, N. Africa, is situated on the Gulf of Sidra, with a salt lagoon to the landward. The port is silted up, but a fair number of trading vessels embark and discharge goods by means of lighters. Though ruinous and neglected the town retains traces of ancient wealth in its buildings, among which are a castle and a Franciscan monastery. Until quite recently a brisk trade in slaves was carried on with Egypt, but at present the exports are sheep, wool, grain, butter, and salt.