Bristol Slavery Apology
With local passions running high about the Bristol Slavery Apology question I note that sometime ago The Gray Monk alerted me to why the people of the Bristol area deserve a slavery apology -
The Bristol Channel - Shipping and Pirates
The Bristol Channel towns were once targets for pirates slavers and the dreaded corsairs from Algeria
While Bristol pirates were off plundering Spanish treasure ships, other freebooters were turning the tables by raiding the Bristol Channel.
The feared Algerian corsairs sailed up from the Barbary Coast ( North Africa ) to harass ships and even attack coastal towns. In 1630, for instance, corsairs landed near Weston-super-Mare and carried off men and women from a village.
They joined the 30,000 slaves from Britain, France, Spain and as far north as Iceland, who were used as slave labour in Algeria and Morocco. They got much better treatment, and sometimes freedom and honoured positions, if they agreed to become Muslims...
There is even a book available about it:
Amazon.co.uk: White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's One Million European Slaves: Books
So how about an apology from the Arabs?
And of course the dreadful slave trade in Africa went two ways, with probably more slaves going east to Arabia then went west, but they didn't leave descendants who are looking for compensation...