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Imony of a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow Giles Milton vividly reconstructs a disturbing little known chapter of history Pellow was bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco who was constructing an imperial pleasure palace of enormous scale and grandeur built entirely by Christian slave labour As his personal. Until reading Giles Milton s book I hadn t realised the extent of White Slave Trade in 18th century Europe and AmericaMoroccan pirates or Corairs were regularly both captury vessels at sea and selling their crews and passengers into slavery or carrying out raids on England s South West coast and kidnapping men women and children for this lucrative tradeThe slaves were treated with great brutality and many died in captivity their only hope of improving their situation was to convert to Islamhowever this made them outcasts and illegiable for ransom by their governmentsRansom was rare as most governments including the Britsh seemed reluctant to intervene in any meaningful wayThis book features the story of eleven year old Thomas Pellow who spent twenty three years in the service of the Morrocan Sultan before escaping back to EnglandTwo things struck me while reading this book firstly at the same time as the British population were urging their government to stop seamen and the costal population being sold into slavery huge profits were being made by British merchants selling slaves from Africa to the new World and sedcondly that today the British goverment are similarly impotent against modern day pirates now operating out of Somalia As they say those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

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White Gold

Slave he would witness first hand the barbaric splendour of the imperial court as well as experience the daily terror of a cruel regime Gripping immaculately researched and brilliantly realised WHITE GOLD reveals an explosive chapter of popular history told with all the pace and verve of one of our finest historians. A fascinating account of one white slave in particular and the white slave trade in general Here s an excellent portrayal of the Barbary Corsairs and their trade in white slaves during the course of the mid 17th century until the destruction of Algiers in the early 19th centuryHighly recommended my favourite Milton to date

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This is the forgotten story of the million white Europeans snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of North Africa to be sold to the highest bidder Ignored by their own governments and forced to endure the harshest of conditions very few lived to tell the tale Using the firsthand test.


10 thoughts on “White Gold

  1. says:

    Initially I was under the impression that this book is a historical novel so I wasted first 20 pages waiting for the novel to start Once I realised it was actually historical non fiction I started really enjoying it Milton unearthenes some lit

  2. says:

    My thoughts in two words utterly brilliant This should be reuired reading in schools along with learning about the Black Slave Trade I thought this was very well written exceptionally well researched and an engaging read That being said the high amount of descriptions of torture genital mutilation beatings and murder made me a seasoned reader

  3. says:

    A riveting multi sourced account of a majorly overlooked era of European history the reasons for which you may make of as you will Also the author provides a fab bibliography of further reading of accounts of the Barbary or

  4. says:

    Until reading Giles Milton's book I hadn't realised the extent of White Slave Trade in 18th century Europe and Am

  5. says:

    This book typically of its author was thoroughly engrossing and a remarkable historical tale I found it fascinating that Thomas Pellow could survive in spite of the adversity of spending 23 years as a slave in Meknes Morocco He was captured and taken into slavery aged 11 and yet outlived those who were captured along with him even though he was so young The cruel and barbarous treatment of white slaves during this per

  6. says:

    Giles Milton is one of my favourite authors bringing history to life with some remarkable personal tales of the people and places involved in some of the most significant yet nevertheless obscure historical events of the last few centuriesTh

  7. says:

    I read this book at a time when I had no plans of travelling to Morocco Having just done so it was an odd combination of events and research needs that made it happen I cannot recommend this book too highlyI'm glad to say that conditions have improved a great deal but Giles Milton captures a sense of the time remarkably well allowing the modern visitor on a rapid culture vulture tour to put things in contextMy only regret is tha

  8. says:

    When I got the book from my parents I was astonished at first Of course I knew about black slaves and the triangular trade but I'd never heard of it before that there were so many white slavesThe author manages to make his story very lively and to tell the incredible events in great detail yet excitingI do not

  9. says:

    A fascinating account of one white slave in particular and the white slave trade in general Here's an excellent portrayal of the Barbary Corsairs and their trade in white slaves during the course of the mid 17th century until the d

  10. says:

    So as I'm reading the first part of this book about how the Brits and other Europeans were snatched — sometim