The 2 Cases where Westerners had Harems of Sex-Slaves a l’Islamique:Frederick Hohenstaufen and the Spaniards in Paraguay
Example 1: The Case of a European Emperor
Frederick II Hohenstaufen (1194-1250), King of Sicily and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1220-1250) and the sexual slavery of Muslim women
1.He was the most powerful European of his time, and according to the evidence, an apostate of Christianity,an ex-Christian.
2.But at the same time he was a brilliant man, intellectually, very erudite.
3.He had 20 Muslim women,aged from 20 years to 40 years old,in his palace in Sicily.Frederick II said they were his servants, but public opinion said that they were his sex slaves,part of a harem.This time it was the inverse, instead of a Muslim king and a harem of Christian women it was a non-Muslim king and a harem of Muslim women. Most historians agree he had a harem. Here we see two things :
1.Frederic II, by practicing sexual slavery, showed that he had rejected the ethics of Christianity, the essence of Jesus, the morality of the NT.
2.But he could not proclaim it publicly.In the Islamic world such a situation was accepted but for Frederick II,the most powerful man in the Christian world,more than any European,public opinion meant he had to hide what he was doing with those Muslim women.The scandal would have been immense.
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It is in French but you can translate using Google Translate
“Frederic II de Hohenstaufen(1194-1250),Roi et Empereur Apostat du Moyen Age”
Example 2: The Case of Paraguay
Who was Domingo Martínez de Irala (1509-1556)?
Under the Spanish governor Domingo Martínez de Irala all the 400 Europeans in Paraguay had dozens of sex slaves, Guaraní Amerindian women.
He was the Spanish conqueror of what is now Paraguay, in the center of South America. Paraguay is a mestizo or racially-mixed country(Guarani Amerindian and Spanish) but where the population is much more Guarani than European by blood. It is a still a bilingual country (85% speak Guarani and Spanish) but where there is a tendency to mix the two languages in the conversation, which is called yopará (“mixture” in Guaraní), similar to Franglais, Spanglish (English-Spanish mix) and Portuñol (Portuguese-Spanish mix).
Ulrich Schmidl (1510-1580), German adventurer and eyewitness to the sexual enslavement of the Guarani women
Schimdel was with the Spaniard in the area for 20 years, returning to Europe in 1554.En 1567 he wrote a book about his 20 years of adventures. It is one of the sources of the existence of these harems in Paraguay
More on Europeans and Paraguay
Martinez de Irala was the founder of Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay and governor of the region.Even before the arrival of Martinez de Irala another European adventurer had arrived into Paraguay.It was the Portuguese Aleixo Garcia,who had been living in the Brazilian coast. The Amerindians of the area had silver and Garcia asked where they had obtained it.They told him it was from a very very rich country in the west, in a mountainous area,where there lived a “white king “.In 1524 he organized an expedition with 2,000 Amerindians to find the country and obtain its riches.The group arrived at the Inca empire (even before the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of the Inca empire) ,arriving in what is currently Bolivia.There they found a lot of silver and gold.
For the Incas gold and silver had no monetary value, money did not exist in the empire, and those metals were only valued for their beauty.Garcia and his group robbed a fortune in silver and gold and left for Brazil but Garcia was later killed in Paraguay.
The famous Peabiru road
The Amerindians of the Brazilian coast traded with the Inca empire using a commercial road that ran from Brazil through Paraguay to the Andes,to the Inca empire.That was how Garcia knew how to get there.
Martinez de Irala’s adventurous life
Martinez de Irala was in the 1535 Spanish expedition in which its leader Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires (capital of Argentina). With Juan de Ayolas he explored the north, following the rivers Parana and Paraguay (the Paraguay river divides Paraguay in two). Juan de Ayolas and his men were killed by Amerindians and Martinez de Irala in 1538 became the governor of what is now Paraguay and Argentina.Buenos Aires was abandoned in 1539 because of attacks by the Amerindians.All the Spaniards went to live in Asuncion.
The enslavement and sexual slavery of Guarani women by Martinez de Irala and his men
There were only several hundred Spaniards in the entire area,around 400.And there were no European women, so Martinez de Irala decided to,in time,force the sisters, wives and daughters of the Guaraní to become the sex slaves of the Spaniards.
It was a really unusual situation where for the first time in history Europeans had harems a l’islamique. Most Spaniards had between 20 to 50 sex slaves and Martinez de Irala had 70 women.He said the country was “the paradise of Muhammad.” And the Guaraní men were enslaved and exploited.
Martinez de Irala is replaced by the admirable and noble Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490-1558), another famous adventurer
He was the new governor of the region between 1542-1545.Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was:
1.Very benevolent towards the Amerindians and prohibited their abuse.
2.Against the sexual enslavement of the Guarani women.
So he was very unpopular among the Spanish settlers and Martinez de Irala deposed him illegally and sent him to Spain in chains,as a criminal, telling lies that Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca had mistreated the Europeans.
The adventures of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca before arriving in Paraguay
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca (1490-1558) was a Spanish explorer of the new world.He was one of four survivors of the Narváez expedition to Florida, which started with 600 men.
He is considered to be a proto-anthropologist because of his book written in 1542 where he gives a lot of details about the many Amerindian tribes of the southeast United States.
The story begins in 1528 when he participated in the expedition of Narvaez that went to Florida with 600 men and finally only four survived, including Cabeza de Vaca.He spent 8 years wandering before finally arriving in Mexico City, During his time with the Amerindians he lived in conditions of abject poverty and, occasionally, in slavery. He traveled , passing from tribe to tribe, Cabeza Vaca developed sympathy for them and finally became famous among them as a healer and he even gathered a large crowd of followers.
A direct descendant of the man responsible for saving the Iberian peninsula from the Muslims
In his introduction to the book where he recounts his adventures in America he says he is a descendant of the shepherd who had made it possible to win the battle of Navas de Tolosa in 1212.In that year 50% of the Iberian peninsula was governed by the Christians and the other 50% was ruled by the Muslims. The armies of the four Christian kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula(Portugal, Navarre, Aragon and Castile) defeated the Muslim army of over 100,000 men. The battle of Navas de Tolosa was one of the decisive battles of history.
To know more about the battle:
“Navas de Tolosa,in 1212,the Epic Battle that Saved Spain from becoming another 100% Muslim Country like Morocco”
To know more about what later happened to the Guarani:
“The Jesuits and How they Helped Native Guaranies”
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