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The Irish Slave Trade

Photo: Gregory David Harington Creative Commons
Photo: Gregory David Harington
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THE IRISH SLAVE TRADE – THE FORGOTTEN ‘WHITE’ SLAVES
JOHN MARTIN
GLOBALL RESEARCH JANUARY 27 2013
oped news and global research 14th april, 2008
(abridged)

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. 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 mothers, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude”.