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Title: The abolition of slavery in Malta
Authors: Wettinger, Godfrey
Keywords: Slavery -- Malta
Slavery -- History -- 18th century
Slave trade -- Malta
Slave trade -- Morocco
Issue Date: 1981
Publisher: Midsea Books
Citation: Wettinger, G. (1981). The abolition of slavery in Malta. Archivum : the journal of Maltese historical research, 1, 1-19.
Abstract: A few years before the outbreak of the French Revolution, the Emperor of Morocco began to ransom Moslem slaves from Malta on a large scale. This throws a curious slide-light on the eighteenth century, the age of enlightenment, though it is doubtful whether there was any connection at all with such a peculiarly European climate of opinion: it is unlikely that similar ideas could have penetrated into Morocco which, with Ethiopia, then ranked among the most xenophobic countries of Africa. The first reference to an exchange of slaves between Malta and Morocco occurs in a letter of Grand Master Pinto, sent to his ambassador in Rome on 4 September 1769.
Appears in Collections:Archivum : the journal of Maltese historical research : number 1
Archivum : the journal of Maltese historical research : number 1

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