Black and White Slaves

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Paul Craig Roberts reminds us: “Whites were slaves in North Africa before blacks were slaves in the New World. Which used to be common knowledge before the so-called ‘political correctness’ was inaugurated.

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“The Barbary slave trade refers to the lucrative and vast slave markets on the Barbary coast of North Africa, which included the Ottoman provinces of Algeria, Tunisia and Tripolitania and the independent sultanate of Morocco, between the 16th century. and mid-18th century. The Ottoman provinces of North Africa were nominally under Ottoman sovereignty, but in reality they were mostly autonomous. North African slave markets were part of the Berber slave trade.

Ohio State University history professor Robert Davis describes the white slave trade as downplayed by most modern historians in his book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Berbary Coast and Italy , 1500-1800. Davis estimates that between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the early 16th to the mid-18th centuries, by slave traders from Tunisia, Algiers, and Tripoli alone (these figures do not include Europeans who were enslaved by Morocco and other raiders and merchants from the Mediterranean Sea coast), and approximately 700 Americans were held captive in this region as slaves between 1785 and 1815.

“From bases on the Barbary coast of North Africa, Barbary pirates raided ships traveling across the Mediterranean and along the north and west coasts of Africa, looting their cargo and enslaving the people they captured. Since at least 1,500, pirates have also carried out raids along the coastal cities of Italy, Spain, France, England, the Netherlands, and as far away as Iceland, capturing men, women, and children. Between 1609 and 1616, England alone lost 466 merchant ships to Barbary pirates.

“While Barbary corsairs looted the cargo of the ships they captured, their main objective was to capture non-Muslims to sell as slaves or as ransom. Those who had relatives or friends who could rescue them were held captive, the most famous of them being the author Miguel de Cervantes, who was detained for almost five years. The captives who converted to Islam were generally freed, since the enslavement of Muslims was prohibited; but this meant that they could never return to their home countries.

“Customs records from the 16th and 17th centuries suggest that Istanbul’s importation of slaves from the Black Sea may have totaled around 2.5 million between 1450 and 1700. Markets declined after the loss of the Barbary Wars and eventually ended in the 19th century, after a US Navy expedition involved gunboats and fortifications in Tripoli, 1804 and later. British and Dutch ships launched a nine-hour bombardment on Algiers which led to the acceptance of the terms. It ended with the French conquest of Algeria (1830-1847).

“Perpetrated largely on Europeans, and within their land routes, these peoples were systematically attacked and enslaved, acquired by Barbary pirates during slave raids on ships and incursions into coastal cities from Italy. to the Netherlands, as far north as Iceland and on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean ”.

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“Under Muslim rule, the Arab slave trade that included Caucasian captives was often fueled by raids on European territories or taken as children in the form of a blood tax from the families of the citizens of the conquered territories.”

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Black and White Slaves