This OUTSTANDING, Non-Fiction Book is a an examination of the legacy of the Caribbean Irish, who few know were some of the earliest settlers in the British West Indies.
The Caribbean Irish explores the little known fact that the Irish were amongst the earliest settlers in the Caribbean. They became colonisers, planters and merchants living in the British West Indies between 1620 and 1800 but the majority of them arrived as indentured servants. This book explores their lives and poses the question, were they really slaves? As African slaves started arriving en masse and taking over servants’ tasks, the role of the Irish gradually diminished. But the legacy of the Caribbean Irish still lives on.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
I never cease to be amazed how much one can learn each day. Perhaps that is why I enjoy reading so much!
Previously, I had learned the Irish were put into servitude, along with Scotts, Scandinavian and lesser class British subjects, but never did I realize the extent. They were treated equally badly as the African slaves. The women were "bred" with African males to create a lighter skinned slave to bring in extra money in sales. They were signed up for years of servitude, supposedly to be then freed. This didn't often happen for many, many years if ever, especially for women. Many of those in servitude starved to death. If the women were raped (usually by the owner, his sons or other "free men", each time a woman became pregnant two more years were added to her servitude.
The Vikings raided the coasts of England, Wales, and Scotland, bordering on the Iris Sea.
Slaves were transported on sea from East to West. In 1169, the Anglo-Normans invaded and conquered parts of Ireland. The English persisted in settling in Ireland. Some Celtic rulers slowly accepted King Henry ll's "over-lordship"and Norman lords soon became Celtic chieftains.
Discord in Ireland began between the Catholics and Protestant (which has continued until recent years.). In the mid 1600's, Officer Oliver Cromwell came to Ireland to settle the dispute. He and his army conquered Ireland in a most unethical and brutal way. He stole their land and wealth. The common workers were killed or forced into slavery. A huge amount of orphaned children, were made slaves. Many boys over twelve were trained for military service. However, the Irish were known as "fighters" and didn't give in easily.
These are just a few of the facts I learned. The further deprecation is inhumane on all accounts.
All the Irish were considered low class and unintelligent. Even in early 20th century America, many regarded the Irish in this manner.
I am appalled that any person in any country can delight in the mistreatment of others, yet claim to be Christian!
This account was thorough and well-written.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book of valuable information.
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Miki Garcia
After obtaining a master's degree in journalism from City, University of London, Miki began her career as a reporter and covered a wide range of stories in the UK, Rwanda, the Philippines, Ireland and the US. She works as a research writer for think tanks and academic institutions.
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