Hidden History: The Irish Slave Trade
Saturday, July 27th, 2013.[Another chapter of humanity’s unsavory hidden history. If it’s truly
revelatory and reflects poorly on the controllers du jour (especially the
tentacles of the British oligarchy and their minions), it will be expunged from
the history books, similar to the fact that the slave trade and piracy were acts
by and large carried out by exploitive Khazarian Talmudic Jews and the
business-bankster bandits of their day. Most likely this would be hooted down as
sensationalist reverse racism, demeaning the plight of the African slaves.
Right. As if slavery was ever abolished anywhere. Varying forms of it were
ceremoniously muted, only to be replaced by others. Besides the millions of all
races still being sold around the world today for sex, labor and body parts,
including the highly lucrative child trafficking industry, institutionalized
slavery exists worldwide – it’s just been dressed up in "democracy", volunteer
slavery with an illusion of freedom, much easier to execute and maintain.
Something to think about. – Zen]
The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves
The Slaves That Time Forgot
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
We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We
know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.
But, are we talking about African slavery? King James II and Charles I also
led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell
furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor.
The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as
slaves to the New World. His 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 actually
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
Here’s Another Reference…
Slave tale hits close to home
I was reading The Sunday Times yesterday when a story by Gabrielle Monaghan
caught my eye.
She was writing about the Icara project which is to test the DNA of the
descendants of Irish slaves living on the Caribbean islands.
The DNA of what now? Exactly.
I had that same reaction a few years ago when I was scanning the history
section in the local bookshop and came across “To Hell or Barbados” by Sean
It turns out, over 50,000 men, women and children (including the elderly and
priests) were shipped from Ireland to Barbados and Virginia between 1652 and
In the early days, some signed what were called ‘indentures’, agreeing to
work on plantations in the belief that they would be given their own plot of
land once their term of employment was over.
However, in 1652, an order was granted allowing the Commissioner of Ireland
to round up anyone who was seen as a ‘danger’ to the Commonwealth, leading to
men of all ranks – from landowner to soldier to farmer – being captured and
With such a large number of men now gone, there were too many women left
behind and so a further order was made allowing for them to be sent to Virginia
or New England to work. Some plantation owners were also very keen to have Irish
women shipped over to them on the islands.
It could take up to ten weeks to cross the Atlantic in the slave ships, with
many of those on board (up to one in five according to Monaghan) dying en route.
Those that survived were sold on arrival to plantation owners; the merchants
earning cash, tobacco, cotton or some other colonial product for their human
While the treatment of these slaves varied depending on the plantation owner,
by and large that treatment was appalling with lashings and beatings an everyday