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Throughout the early smooth interval, 1000s of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with unique food and Arabian horses, and labored small jobs in London, whereas the ""Barbary Corsairs"" raided coastal cities and, if captured, lingered in Plymouth jails or stood trial in Southampton courtrooms. In flip, Britons fought in Muslim armies, traded and settled in Moroccan or Tunisian Read more...

summary: throughout the early glossy interval, 1000's of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with unique delicacies and Arabian horses, and labored small jobs in London, whereas the ""Barbary Corsairs"" raided coastal cities and, if captured, lingered in Plymouth jails or stood trial in Southampton courtrooms. In flip, Britons fought in Muslim armies, traded and settled in Moroccan or Tunisian harbor cities, joined the overseas group of pirates in Mediterranean and Atlantic outposts, served in Algerian families and ships, and persevered captivity from Salee to Al

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But Roberts’ colonial call was a private call and was never translated into royal policy; at no point did King James respond to such a colonial discourse in regard to Muslim territory. Another call was made to King Charles I by his agent in Morocco, John Harrison. ”21 A year later, however, Harrison had forgotten about the prospect as he became deeply concerned about the growth of Muslim naval power. ”22 Rather than England building a “plantation” in the land of the Moors, it was the Moors who were threatening to land in England.

TURKS AND MOORS IN ENGLAND Throughout the Elizabethan and Stuart periods Britons had extensive interaction with Turks and Moors. It is significant that such interaction took place at all, since neither of the two peoples were permanent residents of England, nor were they subjects of the Crown. The Muslims were totally outside the parameter of English authority because they belonged, and were seen to belong, to an empire of military might and commercial potential. They were not homeless refugees from the continent who, like the Jews, sought new domiciles and work opportunities in England, nor were they defeated and dispersed people like the American Indians.

12 There is no information about how refugee Muslims lived or about how they supported and conducted themselves among the English, who were accustomed to images of the bloody and cruel “Mahometan” on the stage. Still, Muslims continually appear in English documents, either as having been freed by British sailors or having come to England on trading missions. Unfortunately, and because of the brevity of allusions to them, it is not always possible to distinguish between the freed slave and the merchant.

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