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Islamic slavery (especially child-slaves) by Muslims in the Philippines - late 1800s
Exciting experiences in our wars with Spain, and the Filipinos ^ | 1899

Posted on 08/19/2012 2:37:09 AM PDT by Milagros



Exciting experiences in our wars with Spain and the Filipinos - Pages 363-66 - William McKinley, Marshall Everett - Book Publishers Union, 1899 - History - 526 pages

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[...] The native population may be classifled as Negritos, Mohammedan Malays, pagan Malays and civilized Malays, and these are divided into eighty or more different tribes. The first named were the original inhabitants and are confined to Mindanao and Negros and some parts of Luzon. They are rapidly disappearing and have degenerated into an undersized, sickly race.

The Mohammedan Malays, or Moros, as they are called, are principally found in Mindanao, Palawan, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi and Mindoro. They are a warlike race and have never been wholly subjugated by the Spaniards. Originally they came from Borneo and maintained almost constant warfare with the Spanish. They are ruled by a Sultan and still practice piracy and slavery.



The chief Philippine slave market and port for their export is Maibun, the old capital of Sulu. Harun Narrasid, the Mohammedan Sultan of Sulu — now a United States subject— is the central factor of the slave-holding and slave-selling business of the entire group. The Moros continue, though upon a somewhat limited scale, the practices of their ancestors, the bloodthirsty Malay pirates who reddened Philippine waters for several centuries. No admixture of blood could be more favorable to slave-holding than that of Malay and Mohammedan, according to Professor Otis Mason, the noted ethnologist. Among their slaves are found Malays captured from Sumatra, Papuans from New Guiana, Siamese, Javanese and Timorese. By collecting them within their dominion the Sulu masters have aided greatly in producing the peculiar mixture of stocks which now bothers anthropologists.

At the time of American occupation piratical expeditions were still gathering as many captives as they could safely attack in neighboring islands. The warlike Moros of Sulu and the islands thereabout, moreover, adhere to the ancient barbarous custom of casting into slavery such of their captives of war as do not suffer death. Their most ready customers for able-bodied male slaves for many years were the Dutch planters in the Island of Borneo, to the southwest.

More criminal even than this piratical slave-gathering is the Custom of selling innocent children into bondage, generally practiced by the Mohammedan Malays. The parent who is in need of money lends, or, rather, gives his child as security for the loan, and the little one is condemned to labor until the debt is paid, which seldom, if ever, occurs. Very few children thus sold into slavery ever regain their freedom.

Moro warriors try the edges of their weapons by striking down their slaves, according to Professor Worcester. Morb slaves in Sulu represent all phases of slavery practiced in ancient or modern times - slaves by birth, slaves by capture in war or by piracy, bonded children, and insolvent debtors.

Few, if any, white slaves were found in the Philippines. The reason is simple. All whites are regarded as Christians by the Moros, and Christians must pay a penalty more serious than slavery - or perhaps- less serious - death. The Moro believes that he increases his pleasure in the next world directly as the square of the number of Christian [p.365] lives dispatched by bis hand. If be dies slaughtering Christians he insures himself a cozy corner in the Mohammedan seventh heaven. Eather than commit suicide, a More wearied of life prefers to sneak to some Oiristian settlement and massacre as many unsuspecting men, women or children as he can reach before being shot. All of this sounds like a fairy tale, but it is the testimony of an American Philippine commissioner.

Colonel Hilder, of the United States Bureau of Ethnology, said of the Moros at the time of the Aguinaldo insurrection:

"We will probably kave more serious times with them than we are now having with Aguinaldo's followers. Spain failed to conquer them because she feared the general hatred of the Moslem for the Christian. Our soldiers will find them to be fierce foes at close quarters. They take great care of their arms. On making an attack they make hideous faces to scare their opponents. They protect their heads and bodies with immense shields, below which their legs are kept vibrating to resist missiles. When bayoneted they seize the barrels of the soldiers' muskets and drive the steel further into them, that they may get close enough to kill their adversaries before falling.

"They behead their enemies by a peculiar continuation of the same movement with which they draw their huge knives. Just previous to our war with Spain the resident Governor of Sulu protected the lives of himself and staff by establishing picket lines about the capital and ordering all Moros to disarm under the aim of Spanish soldiers before crossing them. A Governor who neglected to secure himself thus had his skull split to the teeth by Sultan Harun, whose warriors massacred the citizens of the town. The Spanish home government, knowing the danger of the post, was in the habit of appointing officials suspected of republican ideas to the governorship of Sulu."

Slavery in the Philippines was just as illegal under Spanish control as it is under ours to-day. By an ancient decree made by King Philip II., 300 years ago, all slaves in the islands were set free and no more were to be taken in the future, either by Spaniards or natives.
Child slaves were to be free upon becoming 20 years old, and those above 20 at the time of the decree were to serve five years longter before gaining freedom. Any slave before reaching the limit prescribed could purchase his liberty by paying a price determined by the Governor or the Bishop.


In spite of this prohibition, slavery has ever since existed in the islands The Spanish Governor of Sulu just previous-to the war allowed his Moro scout a home within the Spanish capital and permitted him to keep there several wives and forty slaves.

According to the ancient historian, Juan de la Ooncepcion, writing in 1788, there were, at the time the Spaniards conquered the Philippines, headsmen who owned as many as 300 slaves apiece. As property they were ranked second only to gold in value. Thus it will be seen that the introduction of slavery in her Asiatic possessions was not the work of Spain, although she never took pains to wipe it out. As elsewhere in the Orient, it is of Mohammedan origin.

Commissioner Worcester also found that white slavery still existed among the enlightened Mohammedans, but white slaves as a rule were humanely treated. The blacks, however, suffered allkinds of atrocities.
The interior of Africa even to-day is a hunting ground for negro slaves, caught mostly by Arabs, who sell them to Mohammedans. In 1890 an agreement was formally drawn up between Uncle Sam, the European powers, and several Oriental governments, to put a stop to African slave capture. These nations also agreed to forbid the importation or exportation of slaves. Turkey was a party to this agreement, and although the Sultan is the head of the Mohammedan Church, he is not likely to aid the Moslems in a holy war against the Yankee Christians.

Mohammedan war junks ravaged every coast of the Philippines before the Spaniards succeeded in reducing their piracy. Thousands of colonists have been murdered by these, villages have been sacked, churches looted, and Spanish subjects driven far inland. As one historian remarks, the Spaniards probably would never have penetrated these islands further than the coast line had these bloodthirsty pirates not scared them into the highlands.

At one time her Philippine -colonists became so absolutely penniless and miserable as a result of this slave-hunting among them that the crown had to remit the payment of the regularly collected tribute for four years. Natives whom the Spanish friars had Christianized were carried off with the Spanish Christians, while the, priests themselves were looked upon as the richest prizes whom the Moros could capture. Once the Sultans of Sulu and Mindanao formed an alliance to further piracy and slave-hunting, which previously had been confined mostly to the waters of their neighborhood. They spread the business...

Startling experiences in the three wars: War in China, The Philippines, South Africa - Pages 34-39 - Marshall Everett - The Educational Company, 1900 - 874 pages

Los Angeles Times - Mar 5, 1899

TOPICS: History; Islam
KEYWORDS: arabs; crushislam; islam; islamicslavery; moro; philippines

1 posted on 08/19/2012 2:37:26 AM PDT by Milagros
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To: Milagros
No surprises here. Sadly, this isn't taught in school nor will it see the light of day in the media. What's needed is some NPR lefty to do a history of Mohammedan slavery. We've got to get liberals on board with this and soon. I suspect women's rights is the key. You'll pick up some polygyny and welfare abuse as well.
2 posted on 08/19/2012 5:10:22 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

“I suspect women’s rights is the key.”

Historically the radical feminists have looked the other way, save for one, and she was ostracized by the sisterhood. The atrocities against women by Islamofacism gets a free pass by the Left, due to the Left’s hate of western culture. Any criticism of the atrocities of Islamofacism is called racism, and is countered with party line tales of atrocities of Christianity and Judaism (blood libel, anyone?).

3 posted on 08/19/2012 6:33:23 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: Milagros

***The Moro Arab-Islamic savages / pirates ravaged every coast...***

I used to have a web page (lost when the old computer crashed and burned) which claimed that MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS from Europe were captured in raids by moslems.

One attack was against Baltimore Ireland, in the reign of Charles I of England. The entire population of the town was carried off to Morocco as slaves.

4 posted on 08/19/2012 8:08:03 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Muslims raided Iceland and Faeroe Islands a few years before they attacked Ireland.

5 posted on 08/19/2012 9:53:52 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Milagros

“Robert Davis in his book “Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters - White Slavery In the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy”, estimates that North African Muslim pirates abducted and enslaved more than 1 million Europeans between 1530 and 1780.”

“Professor Davis estimates that up to 1,25 million Europeans were enslaved by Muslim slave raiders between 1500 to 1800.”

6 posted on 08/19/2012 10:04:51 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

You might recuperate your old site via

7 posted on 08/19/2012 11:47:39 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: vladimir998
Thank you.


White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's One Million White Slaves
Author Giles Milton
Edition reprint, illustrated
Publisher Picador, 2006
ISBN 0312425295, 9780312425296
Length 316 pages

In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and fifty-one of his comrades were captured at sea by Barbary corsairs. Their captors--Ali Hakem and his network of Islamic slave traders--had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Pellow and his shipmates were bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco. Drawn from the unpublished letters and manuscripts of Pellow and survivors like him, White Gold is a fascinating glimpse at a time long forgotten by history.

8 posted on 08/19/2012 11:53:52 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: vladimir998

Maybe that is the real reason the Norse people of Greenland disappeared.

9 posted on 08/19/2012 9:47:17 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

That I doubt. Too far north, and too early.

10 posted on 08/20/2012 6:11:26 AM PDT by vladimir998
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