Blonde cargoes: Finnish children in the slave markets of medieval Crimea

A Blast From The Past

Testing a female captive's teeth in an eastern slave market. Testing a female captive’s teeth in an eastern slave market.

The horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade have left an ineradicable mark on history. In the course of a little more than three and a half centuries, 12.5 million prisoners – at least two-thirds of them men destined for a life of labour in the fields – were shipped from holding pens along the African coast to destinations ranging from Argentina in the south all the way north to Canada. It was the largest forced migration in modern history.

When we think of slavery, we tend to think of this African traffic. Yet it was not the only such trade – nor was it, before 1700, even the largest. A second great market in slaves once sullied the world, this one less well-known, vastly longer-lasting, and centred on the Black Sea ports of the Crimea. It was a huge trade in its own right; in its great years, which lasted roughly from…

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9 thoughts on “Blonde cargoes: Finnish children in the slave markets of medieval Crimea

    1. I wish I could say that I wrote this post, I was searching for informations about this sort of thing and came across this article, thought well okay somebody else did some great research on the subject. Voila!

  1. Steve, it has been going on since the beginning of time. Most holy books – Torah, Bible and Koran all mention the use of slaves and what rights the masters had over those slaves. In today’s version we have unpaid interns, just in time employment and a gross decline in workers rights. Ever here in Canada there are sweat shops where women are force to work in deplorable conditions for a deplorable wage.

    1. Actually this is a re-blog. I was doing some research on piracy in Crimea and found this post. Since the research was already done I thought better to promote than taking a stab at something that had already been done.

  2. It was more than that.

    There were NOT only Finnish children in the slave markets of medieval Crimea, but also all slavic population (russians, ukranians, belorussians – at those time rusians in generaly, bulgarians, various balkanic ppl, greeks, armenians, georgians, baltic folks etc).

    Learn who was for example Turkish Osman\Ottoman “Janissaries”.
    Also such activity was also before Osman Empire when Khazarians were there nerby. After extermination and expatriation of Khazars there a little bit later appeared Turkish Osman scum and various Muslim and Middles-East scum, what at the end also were exterminated.

    Also there were not only children, but also women in the slave markets of medieval Crimea.

    Again ,for example, you can learn history of “Roxelana” ( also known as Roxolena, Roxolana, Roxelane, Rossa, Ružica etc.)

    All those events were one of many reasons why Russia took the Crimea and destoyed Crimean Khaganat.

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