When do the Cornish ask for slavery reparations from Africa?

Here’s one for those people who think slavery is all about white people enslaving black people:

For over 300 years, the coastlines of the south west of England were at the mercy of Barbary pirates (corsairs) from the coast of North Africa, based mainly in the ports of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. Their number included not only North Africans but also English and Dutch privateers. Their aim was to capture slaves for the Arab slave markets in North Africa.


The Barbary pirates attacked and plundered not only those countries bordering the Mediterranean but as far north as the English Channel, Ireland, Scotland and Iceland, with the western coast of England almost being raided at will.


Partly as a result of an inadequate naval deterrent, by the early 17th century the situation was so bad that an entry in the Calendar of State Papers in May 1625 stated, ‘The Turks are upon our coasts. They take ships only to take the men to make slaves of them.’

The slave-traders were so brazen that they even landed on English soil to steal people:

Barbary pirates raided on land as well as at sea. In August 1625 corsairs raided Mount’s Bay, Cornwall, capturing 60 men, women and children and taking them into slavery. In 1626 St Keverne was repeatedly attacked, and boats out of Looe, Penzance, Mousehole and other Cornish ports were boarded, their crews taken captive and the empty ships left to drift. It was feared that there were around 60 Barbary men-of-war prowling the Devon and Cornish coasts and attacks were now occurring almost daily

How many had they captured?

The situation was so bad that in December 1640 a Committee for Algiers was set up by Parliament to oversee the ransoming of captives. At that time it was reported that there were some 3,000 to 5,000 English people in captivity in Algiers. Charities were also set up to help ransom the captives and local fishing communities clubbed together to raise money to liberate their own.

I look forward to the African intelligentsia wringing their hands for decades over their shameful past of their continent, and considering how best to apologise.

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3 thoughts on “When do the Cornish ask for slavery reparations from Africa?

  1. We can’t expect guilt, introspection, self analysis, morality or anything else. After all, that would be “cultural appropriation”.

    Every example of bitching about slavery or anything else should be met with facts like this. Robustly and directly. Never concede so much as a nanometer to these people.

    Indeed, get indignant in return and point out to them their ancestors role in slavery and then ask that they prove that they were descended from slaves rather than slave takers.

    A battle fought on ground of your enemies choosing is a battle lost so stop doing it!

    I have, on a number of occasions deployed facts against these people. Initially it’s as if an inmate at Auschwitz spat in a guards face. Then when they realise that they are not actually in charge, it’s a delight to behold.

  2. There was, of course, a religious aspect to capturing of European slaves by the Barbary Pirates, which Historic UK delicately skirts around but was absolutely central to the whole exercise. I’ll leave you to figure out what it was.

  3. boats out of Looe, Penzance, Mousehole and other Cornish ports were boarded, their crews taken captive

    Should’ve just claimed to be orphans, often.

    Thought everybody knew that game.

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