The White Slaves of Barbary

The White Slaves of Barbary

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Galley Slaves of the Barbary Corsairs

Galley Slaves of the Barbary Corsairs. Image source .

The end of the Barbary corsairs

Corsair activity began to diminish in the latter part of the 17th century, as the more powerful European navies started to force the pirates to cease attacking their shipping. However, it wasn’t until the first years of the 19th century, that the United States of America and some European nations began to fight back more fervently against the Barbary pirates.

Algiers was frequently bombarded by the French, Spanish and Americans, in the early 19th century. Eventually, after an Anglo-Dutch raid in 1816 on Algiers, the corsairs were forced to agree to terms which included a cessation of the practice of enslaving Christians, although slave trading of non-Europeans was allowed to continue.

A Sea Fight with Barbary Corsairs

A Sea Fight with Barbary Corsairs, c. 1681. Image source .

Occasional incidents continued to occur until another British raid on Algiers in 1824, and finally, a French invasion of Algiers in 1830, which placed it under colonial rule. Tunis was similarly invaded by France in 1881. Tripoli returned to direct Ottoman control in 1835, before finally falling into Italian hands in the 1911 Italo-Turkish War. The slave trade finally ceased on the Barbary coast when European governments passed laws granting emancipation to slaves.

Featured image: A slave caught by Barbary pirates. Image source .

References:

Slavery and White Guilt – James Eden. Available from:    http://www.westernspring.co.uk/slavery-and-white-guilt/

Barbary pirates – Wikipedia. Available from:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_pirates#Barbary_slaves

African Slave Traders and their White European Slaves – Grumpy Opinions. Available from:   http://grumpyelder.com/2012/08/african-slave-traders-and-their-white-european-slaves/

America and the Barbary Pirates: An International Battle Against an Unconventional Foe – The Library of Congress. Available from: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/mtjprece.html

British Slaves on the Barbary Coast – BBC / Robert Davis. Available from:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/white_slaves_01.shtml

New book reopens old arguments about slave raids on Europe – The Guardian. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/mar/11/highereducation.books

When Europeans were slaves – Ohio State University. Available from: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/whtslav.htm

By April Holloway

Comments

It’s estimated that 20 to 30 million are victims of contemporary slavery.  The bulk of it seems to be in the same region.  The main stream media fails to report this too.  

 

In my opinion,i think its fine for people to serve lords/the person who bought them but what matters is the way they treat them.

True! we are all God's children and no matter our race, religion or skin tone, all of us must be treated evenly

The white slaves were treated less cruelly than the black slaves because in my class' discussion of world history, black people has always been portrayed as vile or disgusting ( my classmates and I strongly opposed the idea of racism ). Even if both colours were mistreated, the darker colour will always take the larger blow.

I'm sorry to question the accuracy of a class' discussion, but I've always found in my decades of servitude, that it's entirely dependent on the particular bias of the power-wielder, and unless you are claiming to entirely refute this article, the moorish treatment of slaves was based on status rather than race. How were you able to determine "less cruelly" or "larger blow," or for that matter "darker color?"

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