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White gold, the extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's one million European slaves
Publication year: 2005
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and 52 of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sal?in Morocco to be sold to the highest bidder.
This is an amazing/ untold true story of the White Slave trade ( You did not know there was one did you? ). Estimates of a million Europeans captured and sold into slavery in North Africa. Gangs of pirates raiding the villages on the coasts of Ireland & England capturing men,women and children. The book even mentions pirates rampaging through the streets of Hull! It's not right to compare 2 evils, but read the horrors inflicted on these captives by the despot ruler of Morocco and the cruelty seems more barborous than even that of the West Indian Slave trade. A fascinating story of this period and one man's escape to tell the tale. Well written, a page turner, I can't recommend this highly enough
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