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By Henri de Monfreid

ISBN-10: 1939149797

ISBN-13: 9781939149794

Nobleman, author, adventurer and suggestion for the swashbuckling gun runner within the Adventures of Tintin, Henri de Monfreid lived by way of his personal account “a wealthy, stressed, exceptional lifestyles” as one of many nice tourists of his or any age. The son of a French artist who knew Paul Gaugin as a toddler, de Monfreid sought his fortune by way of changing into a collector and service provider of the fabled Persian Gulf pearls. He was once then drawn into the shadowy international of palms buying and selling, slavery, smuggling and medication. notorious in addition to recognized, his identify is inextricably associated with the pink Sea and the raffish ports among Suez and Aden within the early years of the 20th century. De Monfreid (1879 to 1974) had a longevity of many adventures round the Horn of Africa the place he dodged pirates in addition to the gurus. In Adventures of a cannabis Smuggler, de Monfreid, who was once now not rather law-abiding through nature and used to be primarily a certified gunrunner, tells the tale of his one foray into the realm of cannabis smuggling throughout the Nineteen Twenties. The resource of the cannabis was once Greece, the place hemp used to be brazenly grown. The industry was once Egypt, the place the British govt had banned the preferred drug. while de Monfreid bought the inspiration of going to Greece to buy cannabis to smuggle into Egypt, he didn’t even be aware of what cannabis appeared like. De Monfreid prepared to have six hundred pounds of cannabis introduced from Greece to Marseilles after which into Djibouti, a French colony. From there, he sailed with it in his personal “boutre” or dhow and a devoted workforce of natives (assembled whilst he had run the pearl-diving operation) up the pink Sea to Suez, from the place the cargo used to be carried directly to Cairo via camel caravan. alongside the best way de Monfreid had numerous shut calls and met a couple of colourful characters. almost immediately after de Monfreid’s enterprise, the Greek monarchy was once became out and the second one Hellenic Republic was once declared. lower than robust strain and with financial inducements from nice Britain, the recent Greek executive outlawed the construction of hashish.

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