Sultanate of Kuku
Tagelda n Kuku
|Sidi Ahmed ou el Kadhi|
|Today part of||Algeria|
The Kingdom of Kuku (Kingdom of Koukou) was a Berber kingdom that ruled over much of greater Kabylia. It was established around 1515. The polity's realm stretched from the Atlas Mountains to the southern plains of Algiers. Its capital was located at Kuku, which sat on a promontory with around 15,000 inhabitants. The kingdom had forces consisting of 5,000 musqueteers and 1,500 cavalrymen.
Kuku was one of two major Kabyle kingdoms, the other being the Kingdom of Ait Abbas. During the Ottoman period, the two parts of Kabylia were independent and retained the use of their language and customs under the Kingdom of Kuku and of the Ait Abbas. The conflict was not only between the Spanish empire and the Ottoman, but also involved local kingdoms such as the so-called "kings of Kouko" in Kabylia.