We know in European history, terms like „clientele“, „servants“ or „serfs“ come up every now and then. But how do we determine if somebody was a „slave“ or merely „unfree“? I have the impression that slavery in Europe is mostly overlooked. The only time I see that brought up in public discourse is as a whataboutism to either defame the Black liberation movement or to portray Europeans as victims of foreing religions and people. Rarely to just study European history.
Or: Locating the badass Indian pirate princess
Being somewhat familiar with the piracy and slavery in the Mediterranean, as well as the history of Indian Ocean trade, I dared to bridge these two topics to find out a little more about pirates in the Indian Ocean. This article is the result of my research, outlining the history, politics and feuds along the Indian West Coast.