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The Forgotten European Slaves of Barbary North Africa and Ottoman Turkey

Published on Feb 4, 2016

Ohio State University history Professor Robert Davis describes the White Slave Trade as minimized by most modern historians in his book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500–1800 (Palgrave Macmillan). 

Davis estimates that 1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone (these numbers do not include the European people which were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of the Mediterranean Sea coast), 16th- and 17th-century customs statistics suggest that Istanbul's additional slave import from the Black Sea may have totaled around 2.5 million from 1450 to 1700.

 The markets declined after the loss of the Barbary Wars and finally ended in the 1830s, when the region was conquered by France.

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans were…


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Maersk Soars After Profit Drops Less Than Expected Amid Cuts

By: Christian Wienberg | May 04 2016 at 04:14 AM | Liner Shipping

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S rose the most in 2 1/2 months after reporting a smaller decline in first-quarter profit than estimated following deeper cost cuts at its oil unit.

Net income was $211 million last quarter compared with $1.54 billion a year earlier, the Copenhagen-based company said in a statement on Wednesday. That compares with a median estimate of $38 million in a Bloomberg survey of seven analysts.

The company’s shares gained as much as 6.7 percent and traded 5.6 percent up at 9,185 kroner as of 10:06 a.m. in Copenhagen. Maersk is up about 2 percent this year. Wednesday’s gain is its biggest since Feb. 15.

The results were“not as bad as feared following cost savings,”David Kerstens, an equity analyst at Jefferies International Ltd., said in a note. “We think there’s light on the horizon with the current turmoil in the container shipping industry potentially resulting in the elimination of industry overcapacity.”