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Irish-African Ancestry in Plantation America
Below are some dates and numbers that figure prominently in the Irish Slave trade from the fine article linked at the bottom of the page:
-“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.”
At this time Virginia and New England were stocked primarily with English children, kidnapped, sold by their parents, or taken by authorities in exchange for welfare
- “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.”
Irish naming and drinking and prize-fighting traditions are in many ways the same as African Americans, who followed these doomed souls out of the Emerald Isle into bondage.
-“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.”
This as primarily an attempt at genocide, always most expediently accomplished by removing fathers from families and rendering children orphans and women directly dependent on government, which generally resulted in them being trafficked. The practice of destroying the African American family through welfare is an evolution of this system requiring much less force. The current attack on the European American family centers on humiliating the man and heavily propagandizing the woman into rejecting men without slavish, pro-government attitudes, resulting in very low birthrates. In the 1600s and 1700s it was common for families to be sold out to separate owners. As the women were destined for sale as sex slaves and slave breeders, toleration of a husband on the Plantation was not likely.
-“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.”
This was also going on in England. Sales of Irish out of Ireland from 1585 thru 1839 easily exceeded the original population of 1.5 millions.
-“…after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia.”
These shipments to America ended in 1804 with traffic thereafter centering on the distant Pacific. The record for a slave dumping occurred in this phase and is mentioned below:
“One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat.”
20% to 80% was the cargo loss rate in the 1600s. In 1740s Germans were being chucked overboard at a rate of 50%. Due note that the crew were 60% to 80% slaves on British ships of this period and this one must have been a military ship to haul so many people.
-“… 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 transport company.”
The practice of breeding little red-headed mulattos for domestic use continued in the West Indies and in English North America up until 1860 and brought us such well known redheads named red, as Reds Foxx and “Chicago Red” also known as Malcolm X. The primary means by which slaves of mixed and unmixed kind were bred on Irish women was to deny servants the ability to marry, which meant that these people, serving from 3 to 31 years in a time when life expectancy for laborers rarely exceeded 35, were expected to toil in unpaid celibacy. Imagine having to work to death and then sleep in a barn with your coed slave and not trying to get a little pleasure out of the only hours left to you—those of darkness?
When a slave woman was impregnated, whether by her master or another slave, she would be whipped, sentenced to additional time—regulated by statute in Maryland Virginia—and then her child would be given or sold to a slave owner and bound to 31 years of slavery. If a slave man admitted to being the father his sentence would be increased, as was common in Pennsylvania along with the sale of children born to slave women.
In the 1600s, when Negroes were ten times as expensive as Europeans, breeding an African buck with an Irish wench, increased livestock numbers as well as the value of the new slave by 1,000% over its mother. In later times, in the 1800s, when only African American children of slaves were cursed to remain in the condition of their parents, breeding an Irish wench out with a Negro maintained that offspring as property, and in many cases induced the mother to remain a slave to be near her child. The term wench was of European servile origin and is now regarded as a slur upon African American women who were handled the mantel of slavery in its last phase. America is truly a nation with amnesia.
It was common even for wives to be purchased as chattel and then bound specifically to their husband in Plantation America. Another sex-slavery practice was that of the “hoe wife” by which a Planter might own numerous women who live in a shed or barn, work in the fields, serve his lust, and birth saleable children in exactly the way that African American women such as the mothers of Frederick Douglas, Moses Roper and William Wells Brown were impregnated by slave owners or their friends or relatives with the offspring born into slavery. This brings to mind the question of the etymology of the street term “ho” for a prostitute. Does it come down to us in our degraded form, as a severe reduction of whore or is it based on the “hoe wife” of old who served the Planter as laborer, sex slave and livestock breeder all in one?

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