Did the pi­rates only trade in white slaves?

All About History - - THE BARBARY COAST -

James Luca

Ot­toman slaves cap­tured by Barbary cor­sairs could be black, brown or white, Catholic, Protes­tant, Ortho­dox, Jewish or Mus­lim. In fact, Turks were prized as oars­men and rarely ran­somed. There are many ac­counts of Chris­tian cap­tives con­vert­ing to Is­lam but this did not mean they were freed – only that they might be trusted to man­age other slaves. Many women held in harems would con­vert so they could stay with their chil­dren, who were raised as Mus­lims.

A slave mar­ket in Cairo circa 1848

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