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By Henri de Monfreid

Nobleman, author, adventurer and concept for the swashbuckling gun runner within the Adventures of Tintin, Henri de Monfreid lived through his personal account “a wealthy, stressed, extraordinary existence” as one of many nice tourists of his or any age. The son of a French artist who knew Paul Gaugin as a baby, de Monfreid sought his fortune through changing into a collector and service provider of the fabled Persian Gulf pearls. He was once then drawn into the shadowy international of fingers buying and selling, slavery, smuggling and medicine. notorious in addition to recognized, his identify is inextricably associated with the crimson 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 used to be no longer relatively law-abiding by way of nature and used to be basically a qualified gunrunner, tells the tale of his one foray into the area of cannabis smuggling in the course of the Nineteen Twenties. The resource of the cannabis used to be 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 obtained the idea of going to Greece to buy cannabis to smuggle into Egypt, he didn’t even recognize what cannabis seemed 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 faithful staff of natives (assembled whilst he had run the pearl-diving operation) up the purple Sea to Suez, from the place the cargo was once carried directly to Cairo via camel caravan. alongside the way in which de Monfreid had a number of shut calls and met a couple of colourful characters. almost immediately after de Monfreid’s enterprise, the Greek monarchy was once grew to become out and the second one Hellenic Republic used to be declared. less than powerful strain and with monetary inducements from nice Britain, the recent Greek govt outlawed the creation of hashish.

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