By Francis Brooks. During the 1600s, Barbary corsairs—pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa (today Algeria, Libya and Morocco)—were at their most active and terrible. With the full support of the Moorish rulers of North Africa, these Muslim slavers raided southern Europe, the Atlantic European coast, Britain and Ireland almost at will.
There are, sadly, no complete records for how many Europeans were captured by the Muslim slavers, but most estimates—based on the size of the Moorish cities—indicate that by 1780, at least 1.2 million Europeans had been seized.
Very few ever managed to escape, and most ended their days dying of starvation, disease, or maltreatment. A tiny number converted to Islam—a way of guaranteeing freedom, as only kuffars were enslaved—and an even smaller number escaped.
This remarkable book, first published in 1693, contains one of the few genuine eye-witness accounts, written by a white slave who managed to escape. Its graphic description of the lot of white slaves, the Moorish relations with the Jews of North Africa, the conditions of the time and the author’s eventual escape, cast a dramatic and nowadays, oft-hidden light upon the time when whites were enslaved.
Paperback, 52 pages, 6″ x 9″, $6.95