Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sack of Baltimore

I never heard of the Sack of Baltimore until I read Eoghan Harris's article on Sunday. The sacking of Baltimore, Co. Cork was carried out by Turks/Algerians (Muslims) in 1631. Two people were killed and 100 were carried away as slaves.

Harris provided this detail, which is also pretty interesting:
The Sack of Baltimore caused a sensation as big as 9/11, shocked Charles I and caused a major cover-up by the British authorities. And it contains all the complexities of our own time. The mastermind was not some bearded Muslim madman but Morat Rais, a sophisticated Dutch convert to Islam.
Thomas Davis wrote a poem about the event.