British Slaves on the Barbary Coast: The fishermen and coastal dwellers of 17th-century Britain lived in terror of being kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya).  Hundreds of thousands across Europe met wretched deaths on the Barbary Coast in this way.   Accounts tell of almost entire villages of men, women and children being spirited away at night from coastal towns in Devon, Cornwall and Ireland.  ...Article by Professor Robert…

British Slaves on the Barbary Coast: The fishermen and coastal dwellers of 17th-century Britain lived in terror of being kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya). Hundreds of thousands across Europe met wretched deaths on the Barbary Coast in this way. Accounts tell of almost entire villages of men, women and children being spirited away at night from coastal towns in Devon, Cornwall and Ireland. ...Article by Professor Robert…

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The Barbary Coast - San Francisco. Born during the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Barbary Coast was a red-light district which contained dance halls, concert saloons, bars, jazz clubs, variety shows, and brothels during the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. Its nine block area would be centered about a three block stretch of Pacific Street. Its former location is now overlapped by Chinatown, North Beach, and Jackson Square. Photo: Pacific Street in the Barbary Coast District, circa 1909

The Barbary Coast - San Francisco. Born during the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Barbary Coast was a red-light district which contained dance halls, concert saloons, bars, jazz clubs, variety shows, and brothels during the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. Its nine block area would be centered about a three block stretch of Pacific Street. Its former location is now overlapped by Chinatown, North Beach, and Jackson Square. Photo: Pacific Street in the Barbary Coast District, circa 1909

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The Barbary Coast 1849: Badly drawn paintings of nude women adorn the walls of the best cafes in the city. Prostitutes begin to arrive from the east. They are frequently auctioned off from the decks of the arriving ships. Cafe owners often hire them to pose nude in displays in the dining halls. Gambling houses were everywhere. At El Dorado it was reported that $80,000 once changed hands on the turn of a single card. Liquor and female companionship were often provided free of charge. (click…

The Barbary Coast 1849: Badly drawn paintings of nude women adorn the walls of the best cafes in the city. Prostitutes begin to arrive from the east. They are frequently auctioned off from the decks of the arriving ships. Cafe owners often hire them to pose nude in displays in the dining halls. Gambling houses were everywhere. At El Dorado it was reported that $80,000 once changed hands on the turn of a single card. Liquor and female companionship were often provided free of charge. (click…

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Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History) by Robert C. Davis http://www.amazon.com/dp/1403945519/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_8ACkub0DKJAH0

Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History) by Robert C. Davis http://www.amazon.com/dp/1403945519/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_8ACkub0DKJAH0

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1890 "Little Egypt" on the Barbary Coast, San Francisco,  from foundsf.org
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Apparently real pirates usually preferred their victims to surrender without a fight - less chance of the goods being damaged that way.

Apparently real pirates usually preferred their victims to surrender without a fight - less chance of the goods being damaged that way.

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More often than not the owners of these brothels, regardless of what kind of house they operated, came away with great fortunes. The more frequented parlor houses seemed each to have its own speciality. Madame Bertha, who ran a parlor house located in Sacramento Street, in addition to the usual activities of such an establishment, gave organ recitals on Sunday afternoons to specially invited guests. The prostitutes sang popular songs while Madame Bertha accompanied.

More often than not the owners of these brothels, regardless of what kind of house they operated, came away with great fortunes. The more frequented parlor houses seemed each to have its own speciality. Madame Bertha, who ran a parlor house located in Sacramento Street, in addition to the usual activities of such an establishment, gave organ recitals on Sunday afternoons to specially invited guests. The prostitutes sang popular songs while Madame Bertha accompanied.

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I pinned this Barbary Coast Coffee Table from the ZUO Furniture event at Joss and Main!

I pinned this Barbary Coast Coffee Table from the ZUO Furniture event at Joss and Main!

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Zuo Modern Barbary Coast Coffee Table Barbary Coast Fir Coffee Table Distressed Natural Furniture Tables Coffee Tables

Zuo Modern Barbary Coast Coffee Table Barbary Coast Fir Coffee Table Distressed Natural Furniture Tables Coffee Tables

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