Nicholas Kinsey, novelist and filmmaker
WHITE SLAVES: VOYAGE INTO DESPAIR - 15 YEARS A SLAVE
November 30, 2022
The author Nicholas Kinsey is completing work on his new historical novel White Slaves.
White Slaves tells the story of the enslavement of the Baltimore captives. In the summer of 1631, the famous corsair Murad Rais attacked the peaceful fishing village of Baltimore, Ireland and seized 109 men, women and children subjecting them to a thirty-eight-day voyage down the coast of France and Spain to a life of slavery in Algiers. This is the story of that horrific voyage and their new lives as slaves in North Africa before they were ransomed fifteen years later by the English Parliament.
The largely forgotten white slave trade saw over a million European Christians forced into captivity in the Barbary States of North Africa between 1530 and 1780. Whole villages and towns in England, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and even Iceland were depopulated by corsair slavers who captured men, women and children and brought them to North Africa where they were sold to the highest bidder. It is hard to believe but today there are over 100 million descendants of white slaves living in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Their ancestors were among the 35,000 white slaves living in Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli in the 17th century.
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