2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

"God Preserve You From the Galleys of Tripoli": Corsairs, Knights, and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Tyler C. Kottmann
Dr. Kathryn Brammall and Dr. Thomas Zoumaras, Faculty Mentors

Our traditional perspective on slavery and slave trade has primarily been shaped by the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in the Americas, which consisted of chattel slavery and involved Europeans enslaving Africans to work farms and plantations. Throughout the early modern period, however, another type of slave trade, modeled on the North African trade, dominated the European world. This trade involved much of southern Europe and North Africa, including the infamous Barbary Corsairs and the Knights of St. John. Although there are many similarities between the Trans-Atlantic trade and the trade that occurred in North African markets, there were also many difference. In exploring the North African slave trade, we develop a deeper understanding of the diverse experiences of historical slavery.

Keywords: slavery, corsairs, barbary, mediterranean, slave-trade

Topic(s):History Senior Seminar

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 201-3
Location: MG 2001
Time: 10:00

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