The Wreck of the Commerce

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THRILLING TALES: The Wreck of the Commerce (1815) ‘This true story describes how they came to be shipwrecked, and their travails in the Sahara Desert. Lost in this unknown world, Captain Riley felt responsible for his crew and their safety. He told of the events leading to their capture by marauding Sahrawi natives who kept them as slaves. Horribly mistreated, they were beaten, sun-burnt, starved, and forced to drink their own and camel urine. A slave would be worked until close to death, and then either traded or killed’: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufferings_in_Africa  You can read Riley’s complete account here: https://archive.org/details/authenticnarrati00rile

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