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Between 1 million and
1.25 million Europeens were captured by Barbary pirats who were
vassals of the Ottoman Empire, and sold as slaves between the 16th
and 19th centuries. These slaves were captured mainly from
seaside villages from Italy, Spain, Portugal and also from more
distant places like France, or England, the Netherlands, Ireland and
even Iceland and North America. At one occurrence a Barbary pirat
ship was seen near the Danish coast at the entrance to the Baltic
sea. The impact of these attacks was devastating – France,
England and Spain each lost thousands of ships, and long stretches
of the Spanish and Italian coasts were almost completely abandoned
by their inhabitants. Pirate raids discouraged settlement along the
coast until the 19th century.
This is one of
these pirat ships on the way home, after a successful raid.
This cargo is allowed to come up on the deck five at a time, to get
some fresh air,
before being stowed back into the crammed hold again.
the new slaves were lead directly
from the ship to the slave prison.
one takes any notice of the long line
of naked women walking through the streets.
is a long walk, as the slave prison is
located fare from the port, to prevent
any slave should escape and try to
stow away on a foreign merchant ship.
up in the slave prison awaiting to
be be sold, there was no difference if she
was a former countess, maid or peasant girl.
most beautiful girls were shown to
the buyers from the most distinguished
slave dealers, who had clients among
the richest noblemen.
Those who were not
virgins, sturborn, or
to plain looking to fetch much,
were put on sale in common stores,
where they usually were sold to brothels or
as scullery maids.