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Daniel Eisenberg (2003)

Art. “Slavery”

In: Encyclopaedia of Medieval Iberia, ed. by Michael Gerli, pp. 758-759, Routledge, New York.

Slavery in medieval Iberia was primarily an Andalusian phenomenon. The early Christian states could not afford to buy slaves. Captured Moors, like new world Indians later, made poor slaves, and most Moorish prisoners were more profitably traded for ransom. Andalusian conquests created an impoverished class of landless peasants, eager to work on any terms. In the late medieval period Moors captured at sea were used as slaves in Valencia and Mallorca, and Portuguese navigation provided access to a source of black slaves. ...

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by Christoph Cluse last modified 2006-11-02 13:24

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