The more we learn about one another's history, the closer we can become as equals.
I can't get enough about history, learning is my drug, I am addicted and obsessed about learning history!
This historical event is very interesting to me and unknown to many Americans and the majority of Europe. I find that the more we learn about one another's history through our spiritual/religious beliefs, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds we will become closer and less ignorant towards each other.
Did you know (white) Irish people were sold vey cheap compared to (black) Africans? Maybe you didn't know there were native (black) Irish people that were sent to America too but they were separated and put with the (black) Africans. Many (black) Americans bare Irish surnames because of marriage with another Irish slave (black or white) or they had ancestors whom were black natives living in Ireland (that weren't slaves). One of the most interesting things that I found out was that slave-sellers would have a (white) Irish female and a (black) African male perform intercourse to have a "exotic" looking child so they could sell Irish people faster because the children would have somewhat darker skin but have curly to dark hair and dark colored eyes but they could still be labeled as a (white) Irish slave.
It is known that many of the Irish were sent to the West Indies, now get this! Majority of the (black ) Africans were sent to South America and West Indies..only 4% were sent to North America (United States of America!) My theory including many historians on this subject is that the Irish whom were (black) were sent to West Indies along with their (white) Irish brethren and were labeled as (black Africans through ignorance and maybe the odd rise of blacks in America were from the Irish and Africans having children plus many Native Americans were black not all were the stereotype "red-skins". The ones who were (black) Native Americans were sent with the (black) Africans too! (fact)
Below I'm going to post a few paragraphs from GlobalResearch.com about the Irish Slave Trade:
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 white.
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.
For more information visit the link above and let me know if you find out anything else about this event. I try my best to look up legit information, nothing Eurocentric or Afrocentric, todays history we learn in schools or throughout the media is mostly Eurocentric.
Please don't be fooled if someone tells you "Actually the 'Black Irish' are not actually black. They are Irish with dark hair, dark or light eyes etc whom are descendants of the Spanish Armada in Ireland apparently. But the term is mostly just used as a descriptive term for those Irish with dark hair."
That is nothing more than complete b.s. when there is plenty of evidence before the 17th century of the Spanish originally having light to dark blonde hair with bright blue to green eyes including fair skin till mixing with the Moors came into play which changed the whole genetics of many people in Spain. I know many of you will say that's a lie but trust me you will be amazed how much they don't teach you in history class..check this video below -
Whitewashing, prejudice/racist views on non-whites including White Irish/Scottish all started in the mid 17th Century(could be a bit further back for the Irish and Scottish) where you see predominantly Northern European paintings everywhere and Northern (white) European racist attitudes through written documents we call our "history". There's so much more for the world to learn, the past was VERY diverse!
Did you know actor James Earl Jones is a Michigan Irishman? (CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT)
Before Black/African-Americans were stereotyped as people that only lived in urban/city areas like Detroit...MANY started out in rural Irish areas of Michigan, majority weren't slaves in their life's! (CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT)
Also read the book - WHITE CARGO BY MICHAEL WALSH
Some images of Irish slaves and racist cartoons of the time (plus 2 videos at the end):
Those academics who insist that slavery is an exclusively Black racial condition forget or deliberately omit the fact that the word slave originally was a reference to Whites of East European origin – “Slavs.”
(Ancient Romans were known to capture so many Slavs, hence the name - "Slaves".)
Fun Fact: It is well documented that of the 44 Spaniards who founded the City of Los Angeles, 26 were of Afrikan/African descent (Black Spaniards). And the state of California was named after the mythical Black Warrior Queen Califia of the island California. The men based this beautiful land on the famous story " Exploits of Esplandian" by author Spanish Garci Oronez de Montalvo and was published in Seville in 1510. Califia ruled an entire island of black women that were also known as the Amazons.
California means "The land where Black women live"
Check out the sites below for more information!
(For some reason I can not find it on Google..On one of California's government website they talk about Queen Califia.)
I hope you all enjoyed this article! At the end of the day everyone has suffered in the past with slavery. I think the reason why we Black Americans hang on to slavery so much (which isn't bad, never forget the past) because of systematic-racism we still encounter in everyday life of how the media portrays us and false claims in history. We are taught in America that we were only slaves and Civil RIghts movement...which isn't true.
I encourage everyone to learn from one another and learn something new from your local library..anything in early to mid 17th century and below I recommend.