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Barbarian Cruelty: Eyewitness accounts of slaves

Update: This book is available online for free from the University of Chicago. It is not well formatted, but still readable. Click Here.

For 1,000 years, Muslim raided Europe and took white Christians as slaves. These slaves were not used as farm workers or allowed to have families like Antebellum slavery. They were primarily used as sex slaves and slave soldiers. They lived short, brutal lives in captivity.

Originally published in 1693. This out of print book is now available as an hulu e-book for $8.11


It was during the 1600s that Barbary corsairs—pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa 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.

Most estimates 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.

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.