Book Title Curious and Amazing Adventures of Maria Ter Meetelen; Twelve Years a Slave, the
Author Name Maria Ter Meetelen
Publishing house Hardinge Simpole
Country – city USA
Date of issue 2010
Number of pages 188

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“From the age of thirteen I wandered abroad and at twenty-one I decided to take a little trip across France dressed as a man…” Maria ter Meetelen tells the story of her capture by Barbary pirates and twelve years as a slave at Meknes in Morocco.

Straightforward and with no literary pretensions, her voice comes down the centuries, robust, clear, personal and often surprising: “I do not complain at having been so far across the world, nor of my twelve years of slavery, nor of the suffering the Turks caused me, I can rise above that. But the spitefulnessand derision that my husband and I suffered from our fellow-countrymen cannot be forgotten, and is impossible for me to set it down here in writing.” 



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