Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696-1781)
Born in Eritrea, the boy who would eventually become known as Abram Petrovich Gannibal sold into slavery in Constantinople at the age of 7. A year later, he was bought by Russian traders as a gift for Emperor Peter the Great. (It was super trendy to have black children in royal courts at the time.) Peter adopted him and raised him as his own child, having him educated at all the best schools. He went to Paris and hung out with Voltaire and other Enlightenment figures.
Following the death of Peter the Great, Gannibal was exiled to Siberia, but was brought back when his skills at military engineering were recognized. He rose through the military ranks, eventually becoming superintendent of what is now Tallinn, Estonia.
Also: Gannibal was the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin.

Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696-1781)

Born in Eritrea, the boy who would eventually become known as Abram Petrovich Gannibal sold into slavery in Constantinople at the age of 7. A year later, he was bought by Russian traders as a gift for Emperor Peter the Great. (It was super trendy to have black children in royal courts at the time.) Peter adopted him and raised him as his own child, having him educated at all the best schools. He went to Paris and hung out with Voltaire and other Enlightenment figures.

Following the death of Peter the Great, Gannibal was exiled to Siberia, but was brought back when his skills at military engineering were recognized. He rose through the military ranks, eventually becoming superintendent of what is now Tallinn, Estonia.

Also: Gannibal was the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin.

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