Twelve Americans were enslaved in Africa after an 1815 shipwreck

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…merciless nomads…


Karma? Just might be…

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In b4 “See, they did it too!”


Well it’s not like this captain or crew were slavers themselves. The ship hailed from Connecticut (which had mostly phased out slavery by 1815) and Riley dedicated himself to anti-slavery work for a time after the ordeal was over.


Lot’s of Americans and other sailors were enslaved by northern African nations in the late 18th and early 19th century. It’s why Jefferson petitioned to have a navy to guard merchant vessels in the Mediterranean.


Prince Michael of Greece, the cousin of Prince Philip, this week published a historical novel called Le Rajah de Bourbon, which traces the swashbuckling story of Mr Bourbon’s first royal ancestor in India. Prince Michael believes Jean de Bourbon was a nephew of the first Bourbon French king, Henry IV. In the mid-16th century Jean embarked on an action-packed adventure across the world which saw him survive assassination attempts and kidnap by pirates to be sold at an Egyptian slave market and serve in the Ethiopian army.

In 1560, he turned up at the court of the Mogul emperor Akbar. It was the beginning of a long line of Bourbons in India, who centuries later would serve as the administrators of Bhopal and become the second most important family in the region.

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