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Frenchmen in Chains : Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Dispatches from North Africa

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Frenchmen snatched by pirates off the coasts and waters of the Mediterranean and Atlantic and carried into Barbary captivity during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries did not quietly await deliverance. In letters home, sailors, merchants, fishermen and ship passengers enslaved in Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers and Morocco lobbied vigorously on their own behalf, imploring families, town councils and religious leaders to forward ransom funds and urging government officials to exert diplomatic or military pressure to...

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