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Pirates of North Africa

When most of us think of pirates we either think of the Caribean or, the present dangers to international shipping in south East Asia or off the coast of Ethiopia, but for several centuries these islands were plagued by pirates from North Africa, called variously Algerian, Sallee or Moroccans. I think there is a mention … Continue reading

The Red Slave

The Red Slave

I have just finished one of the most intriguing books: ‘In Search of The Red Slave- Shipwreck & Captivity in Madagascar’ by Mike Parker Pearson & Karen Godden. This is an account of an archaeological investigation with lots of detours, into the story of Robert Drury’s Journal, which was published in 1729, claiming to be … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Cornwall, England

Plymouth Birthplace of Sir John Hawkins (1532-95) the initiator of Britain’s entry into the African slave trade, a brave man who did much for the welfare of sailors.  His father had pioneered England’s triangular trade with  Guinea  and Brazil 30 years earlier.   The Pindar Galley called here in December 1706 en route to the Royal … Continue reading

Beastie Boy Still Fighting

Beastie Boy Adam Youch died of cancer last May aged 47 leaving  an estate worth $6.4m /£4m. His will includes restrictions on the use of his work which will prevent commercial exploitation. Rolling Stone magazine claims it states: “In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by … Continue reading

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Following the execution of King Charles for treason, the king’s nephew Prince Rupert  became Lord High Admiral even though he was a soldier. He led a poorly equipped fleet crewed by English cavaliers and Irish adventurers but he had no safe port, so took to piracy. He sent Sir Arnold Delisle to the king of … Continue reading

Piracy and Trade of The English

Piracy and Trade of The English

The Portugese habit of enlisting foreigners to evict the infidels continued for many years, and raiding visits from the North European Crusaders became a regular occurence to the extent that some didn’t bother going any further than Portugal and Spain. As Rose Macaulay continues: “The sight of these large and odious armed men… sailing in fleets up … Continue reading

The English Abroad

The English Abroad

The denizens of these islands have long had an awkward relationship with mainland Europe, perhaps more so during the Crusades when they were often on the rampage away from home. This is from Rose Macaulay’s book ‘the Went to Portugal’,  after a suggestion from the Pope that they could break their journey in Portugal. This … Continue reading