The Slave Trade

 

The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves

(Webmaster comment) Why am I republishing this post? Because many Africans in America think that the slave trade was about Brown people and never come to the understanding that it was about the bankers and profits. (The same group causing all the hell on earth now!) This accounts for much of the bad blood between the two groups on the part of the brown people and those who call themselves white. I must admit it's a bit harder to understand what the psychology is for the (so-called) white person. but there is how ever the fact of prejudicial treatment in favor of the African.

 

 

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.

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 (so-called) white people.

 

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