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British Slaves on the Barbary Coast: The fishermen and coastal dwellers of 17th-century Britain lived in terror of being kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya). Hundreds of thousands across Europe met wretched deaths on the Barbary Coast in this way. Accounts tell of almost entire villages of men, women and children being spirited away at night from coastal towns in Devon, Cornwall and Ireland. ...Article by Professor Robert…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1403945519/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_8ACkub0DKJAH0

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The Barbary Coast - San Francisco. Born during the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Barbary Coast was a red-light district which contained dance halls, concert saloons, bars, jazz clubs, variety shows, and brothels during the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. Its nine block area would be centered about a three block stretch of Pacific Street. Its former location is now overlapped by Chinatown, North Beach, and Jackson Square. Photo: Pacific Street in the Barbary Coast District, circa 1909

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Barbary pirates, sometimes called Ottoman corsairs, were pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa, based primarily in the ports of Tunis, Tripoli and Algiers. 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 and even South America, and into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland.

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