20 June 2012

John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) was an Ottoman Slave!

As The Dude said--- Some new stuff has come to light!

Taken from the wikipedia article on John Smith:
John Smith was baptised on 6 January 1580 at Willoughby near Alford, Lincolnshire, where his parents rented a farm from Lord Willoughby. He claimed descent from the ancient Smith family of Cuerdley Lancashire and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth, from 1592–1595. After his father died, Smith left home at the age of sixteen and set off to sea. He served as a mercenary in the army of Henry IV of Franceagainst the Spaniards, fought for Dutch independence from the Spanish King Phillip II, then set off for theMediterranean Sea. There he engaged in both trade and piracy, and later fought against the Ottoman Turks in theLong War. Smith was promoted to captain while fighting for the Austrian Habsburgs in Hungary, in the campaign of Michael the Brave in 1600 and 1601. After the death of Michael the Brave, he fought for Radu Şerban inWallachia against the Ottoman vassal Ieremia Movilă.


Smith is reputed to have defeated, killed and beheaded Turkish commanders in three duels, for which he wasknighted by the Transylvanian Prince Sigismund Báthory and given a horse and coat of Arms showing three Turks' heads. However, in 1602 he was wounded in a skirmish with the Tatars, captured and sold as a slave. As Smith describes it: "we all sold for slaves, like beasts in a market." Smith claimed his master, a Turkishnobleman, sent him as a gift to his Greek mistress in Constantinople, who fell in love with Smith. He then was taken to the Crimea, from where he escaped from the Ottoman lands into Muscovy then on to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, before travelling through Europe and Northern Africa, returning to England in 1604.

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