The Barbary Pirates – Marginal REVOLUTION

Rumors held that as many as sixty Barbary men-of-war had been actively prowling the English Channel, ready for the chance to seize extra product for the slave markets of Algiers and Tripoli. For a lot of the seventeenth century, an English or Irish household dwelling close to the coast confronted the actual chance that the may be hauled off with out warning….[the] numbers counsel that the chances of sudden enslavement by Barbary pirates had been far increased for the typical Devonshire resident than the chances of experiencing a terrorist assault in a modern-day Western Metropolis.

From Steven Johnson’s wonderful Enemy of All Kind, about which I’ll say extra later.


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