> juan juan.g71
> Fri Feb 9 09:36:06 PST 2018
> who writes this shit
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They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships
bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands
and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in
the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their
hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment.
They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the
marketplace as a warning to other captives.
The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as
slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required
Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers
in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves
sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total
population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English
merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were
>From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and
another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from
about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped
apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and
children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless
population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to
auction them off as well.
During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and
14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies,
Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and
children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men
and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656,
Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold
as slaves to English settlers.
Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly
were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to
describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the
17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.
As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this
same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with
the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase,
were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.
African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling).
Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped
or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A
death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more
expensive African. The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish
women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit.
Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of
the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her
freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms,
even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids
and would remain in servitude.
In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many
cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The
settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to
produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves
brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the
settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves. This
practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for
several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was
passed "forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African
slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale". In short, it
was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave
England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more
than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion,
thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia. There
were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British
ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew
would have plenty of food to eat.
None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to
describe their ordeal. These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and
history books forgot. As if to (unlike the African one) have the Irish
story utterly and completely disappear as if it never happened.