The Barbary slave trade refers to the slave markets that were lucrative and vast on the Barbary Coast of North Africawhich included the Ottoman provinces of AlgeriaTunisia and Tripolitania and the independent sultanate of Moroccobetween the 16th and middle of the 18th century. The Ottoman provinces in North Africa were nominally under Ottoman suzeraintybut in reality they were mostly autonomous. The North African slave markets were part of the Arab slave trade. European slaves were acquired by Barbary pirates in slave raids on ships and by raids on coastal towns from Italy to the NetherlandsIreland and the Southwest of Britainas far north as Iceland and into the eastern Mediterranean.
But fewer probably know that it was his wife, Marthawho dramatically increased the enslaved population there.
White women of the pre-Civil War era were far more shrewd and sophisticated than stereotypes would have us believe. They were savvy economic actors, not airheads in crinolines and corsets. Jones-Rogers ought to dispel the myth of the Southern belle for good. She then cross-referenced their accounts with bills of sale, census data and other legal documents to paint a new picture of what female slaveholders were like.
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