The Barbary Coast Slave Trade

The Barbary African Trade In White Slaves

The era of European Slaves in Africa can be traced to the Barbary Coast Slave Trade in White Slaves which saw approximately 1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans taken as Slaves in North Africa from the beginning of the 16th to the middle of the 18th Century by Slave Traders from Tunis, Algiers, as well as Tripoli who captured White Men, women, and children and took them as Slaves in large numbers.

Origins Of The Barbary Coast Slave Trade 

The Slave Trade in Africans existed prior to the era of European Slaves in Africa during the Barbary Coast Slave Trade.


This earlier Slave Trade had been conducted in North Africa since anitquity and began initially with the Trade in African Slaves brought in from the African Hinterland through the Trans-Saharan trade routes  who were then transported to North Africa and Asia.

After the fall of the Byzantine Empire, African Pirates began to raid European White Settlements for Slaves in places like Portugal, Spain, Italy, England, Netherlands, France, Ireland, and Iceland.

The African trade in European Slaves from the Barbary Coast was so aggressive it even went as far as enslaving entire European villages and ranscacking entire Towns which led to massive depopulation in some Coastal Towns in Europe. 

Decline Of The Barbary Coast Slave Trade 

The decline of the era of European Slaves in Africa began during the early part of the 19th century, when the United States  and some European nations fought and won the First Barbary Battle as well as the 2nd Barbary War in which they defeated the Barbary Coast Pirates.

The Second Babary War finally ended  in the 1830s when the Barbary Coast of North Africa was conquered by France and other European Governments who soon thereafter passed Laws emancipating the White Slaves captured during the Barbary Coast Slave Tade.

In the final analysis, the Barbary Coast Slave Trade which saw Europeans traded as Slaves in Africa was part of an ongoing Slave Trade in North Africa that can be traced back to the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade.