The Remarkable Life of Abram Petrovich Gannibal: From Captive to Russian General

TLDR Abram Petrovich Gannibal, a captive turned godson of Peter the Great, overcame adversity to become a highly educated engineer and general to Catherine the Great. His descendants, including the famous poet Alexander Pushkin, continued his legacy of success.

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00:00 Abram Petrovich Ganibal, a notable figure in 18th century Russia, was the godson of Peter the Great, highly educated, a skilled engineer, and a general to Catherine the Great, with one of his great-grandsons becoming the greatest poet in Russian history.
01:59 The story of Abram Petrovich Gannibal, also known as Abram Petrovich, begins with his capture as a child and subsequent service in the household of the Sultan Ahmed III, catching the attention of the Russian ambassador.
03:49 After being taken into the Tsar's house and educated alongside the Tsar's children, Abram Petrovich, also known as Ibrahim, was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church and became an asset to the Russian Empire, with Peter the Great investing in his education and Abram becoming fiercely loyal to the Tsar and his family.
05:31 After being exiled to Siberia by Prince Alexander Danielvich Menchikov, Abram Petrovich used his engineering skills to build forts on the Russian frontier.
07:18 After being exiled to Siberia, Abram Petrovich married and accused his first wife of infidelity, leading to her imprisonment, but eventually divorced her, married another woman, and had 10 children with her, while also achieving success in his career and applying to become a member of the Russian nobility.
09:02 Abram Petrovich Gannibal had a successful career, achieving high military ranks and completing major projects, and his descendants, including his great-grandson Alexander Pushkin, went on to have noteworthy careers themselves, with Pushkin considering his African ancestry as a point of pride.
10:47 The cocktail Black Russian was not named after Abram Petrovich Gannibal, but after the US ambassador to Luxembourg, Pearl Mesta, and if you ever come across someone ordering a Black Russian, it's a great opportunity to share the incredible story of Gannibal.
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