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…
Five Englishmen escaping slavery from Algiers, Barbary Coast, 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.
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…
British Slaves on the Barbary Coast - on the subject of slavery and that only one race or culture can be racist, it's interesting to note the white slavery that occurred under the Muslims of North Africa. This article estimates numbers were around one tenth of the number of black slaves to the Caribbean and the Americas - 1.25 million
Europeans sometimes attempted to buy their people out of slavery, but no real system emerged before around 1640. Then the attempts became more systematic and were sometimes state subsidised, as in Spain and France. Almost all the actual work, however - from collecting the funds, to voyaging to Barbary, to negotiating with the slave owners there - was carried out by clergy, mostly members of
Annie Green -- a pickpocket who always chose her victims from 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.
North African pirate ship According to observers of the late 1500s and early 1600s, there were around 35,000 European Christian slaves held throughout this time on the Barbary Coast - many in Tripoli, Tunis, and various Moroccan towns, but most of all in Algiers. The greatest number were sailors, taken with their ships, but a good many were fishermen and coastal villagers. Out of all these, the British captives were mostly sailors, and although they were numerous See link for much more info