Spanish Captives in North Africa in the Early Modern Age

Spanish Captives in North Africa in the Early Modern Age

by Ellen G. Friedman
     
 

Spain in the sixteenth century was the dominant European power. Yet, along the coasts, Spanish farmers and fishermen lived in constant fear, the victims of regular kidnapping raids by North African corsairs. In this detailed study, Ellen G. Friedman examines this undeclared state of siege that would continue for two hundred years and perpetuate the centuries-old

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Spain in the sixteenth century was the dominant European power. Yet, along the coasts, Spanish farmers and fishermen lived in constant fear, the victims of regular kidnapping raids by North African corsairs. In this detailed study, Ellen G. Friedman examines this undeclared state of siege that would continue for two hundred years and perpetuate the centuries-old struggle of Christianity and Islam. Drawing on original archival sources, anecdotal materials, and computer analysis, she vividly documents the North African dependence on Spanish hostages, the experiences of Christian captives, and the officially-sanctioned efforts to free them. The result is a fresh perspective on Spain in its Golden Age, and a seminal study of European slaves in Africa.

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“Thanks to Ellen Friedman's use of (computer-analyzed) statistical data covering the period from 1750 to 1769, it is possible to glean a much more detailed picture of the social and economic impact of North African raids on Spain, as well as the way they were viewed from Maghribi shores.”—International Journal of African Historical Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299093808
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/28/1983
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.76(d)

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