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Abram Petrovich Hannibal (1696-1782) Believed to be born in Born in either Senegal or Eritrea, he was brought to Peter the Great as a gift. Abram studied math and languages in Paris, fought in the French military and returned home to become commanding general of the Russian army. He was the maternal great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, one of the most revered figure in Russian culture. Sold into Turkish slavery, Abram Petrovich Hannibal was brought as a black servant to Czar Peter I, ...

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soobaxblog: Here’s a fun but important fact: Did you know that the world’s first black military pilot in aviation history was from Somalia? Ahmet Ali Çelikten also known as Arap Ahmet Ali, born in 1883 – 1969 was one of only two known black combat pilots in World War I, the other being Eugene Jacques Bullard. Ahmet’s grandparents had moved from Somaliland to Basra, Iraq. Born by a Romani mother and Somali father, he decided to become a naval officer enrolling in Naval studies both in…

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Colour Sergeant William McGregor, 1st Battalion Scots Fusilier Guards, July 1856. He was wounded during the Battle at the River Alma on 20th September 1854 and wears both the British Crimea and the Order of the Medjidie Turkish medals.

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