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Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History) by Robert C. Davis


Slavery is one of the oldest trades known to man. Much condemnation has been directed towards the tragedy of the African slave trade, which took place between the 16th and 19th centuries. However, another equally despicable trade in humans was taking place at the same time in the Mediterranean. It is estimated that up to 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved by the slave markets that flourished on the Barbary Coast of North Africa, their lives were just as pitiful as their African…


Annie Green -- a pickpocket who always chose her victims froml white men in the Barbary Coast -- the police never could get anyone to prosecute her as they would not admit having anything to do with a black woman.


Gertrude Smith, a pickpocket who always worked with Dolly Mickey around the Barbary Coast. She was also given six months in the County Jail with Dolly, and left town with Dolly,


Five Englishmen escaping slavery from Algiers, Barbary Coast, 1684. From the 16th to the 19th centuries it is estimated that between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and Barbary Slave Traders and sold as slaves. Barbary pirates were based on that coast of North Africa – what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Reports of Barbary raids and kidnappings of those in France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.


Barbary Pirates-- sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were pirates & privateers who operated from North Africa, based primarily in the ports of Salé, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast, a term derived from the name of its Berber inhabitants. Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa's Atlantic seaboard & even South America, & into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland, but the


European Slavery-The Barbary pirates, sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast. They engaged in raids on European coastal towns in France, Spain, and Portugal, the British Isles, the Netherlands and Iceland. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Arabic market in North Africa and the Middle…