Slavery Abolition
Pioneer William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce
Born24 August 1759
Kingston upon Hull
Died29 July 1833 | Age 73

William Wilberforce 1833

Wilberforce was a pioneer in the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, this was achieved with the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.

The Barbary Corsairs

From before 1500 the Barbary pirates of Africa operated raids of seaside villages in Italy, Spain, France, England, Netherlands even as far north as Iceland, capturing European men, women and children to be used in their slave trade. Some villages like Baltimore, Ireland had to be abandoned following persistent raids. Between 1609 and 1616, England alone had 466 merchant ships lost to Barbary coast pirates.
Captives were forced to convert to Islam. Those who converted to Islam may have seen freedom, since enslavement of Muslims was prohibited.

White slaves being sold to Muslim masters
White slaves being sold to Muslim masters
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