Ponton de Préverenges, Charly Thomson

(Source: getonthetreadmill)



In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and fifty-one comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. 
Their captors - Captain Ali Hakem and his network of fanatical Islamic slave traders - had declared war on the whole of Christendom.
Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco. Poked, prodded and put through their paces, they were sold at auction to the highest bidder.
Pellow and his ship-mates were bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail. He was constructing the largest imperial pleasure palace in the world. It was being built entirely by Christian slave labour.
Thomas Pellow was to find himself a personal slave of the sultan. He would witness first-hand the barbaric splendour of the imperial court, as well as experience daily terror. For twenty-three years, he would dream of his home, his family and freedom. He was one of the fortunate few who survived to tell his tale.
Drawn from the narrative of Thomas Pellow, as well as the rediscovered letters and diaries of European slaves held captive in Morocco, White Gold recreates a forgotten episode in European history.   http://www.gilesmilton.com/white-gold

Why isn’t this taught in history class?  It’s almost as though it goes against the narrative or something…


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