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From: "Ann Whiting" <>
Subject: Re: Irish Slaves
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 09:21:13 -0800
Another thing to consider in this, is that in the beginning of the African
slave trade, the Caribbean was used as a "seasoning" ground for the slave
traders. In the US, newly captured slaves, were more prone to runaway or
revolt, many US plantation owners, did not want new slaves. the islands were
more conducive to a period of training, (language, customs, etc) and
healing, Also, Jamaica and Barbados, was the hub of the slave trade, slaves
were brought there not just for the island work, but sold and shipped to all
parts east, ie. the US and South America.
Toward the end of the capturing in Africa, the trade continued, because the
abolition was on Africa, not on slaves already owned, therefore, slaves
could be sold and transported from the islands to other parts of the world.
As to the Irish, and the large numbers that were said to be removed from
Ireland and transported, if they all did not go to the caribbean, were the
numbers inflated or was 'transportation' a cover-up?
>From: "Edward Crawford" <>
>Subject: Re: Irish Slaves
>Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 17:28:37 +0100
>I think there was a massive death rate, often of tropical diseases, there
>would be few women so the reproduction rate would be v. low so very few had
>descendants. But I have the suspicion too that the much of black population
>of the West Indies is descended from those who came there surprisingly late
>because the earlier it was the more likely the slaves were worked to death
>without descendants. I do not know what work has been done on this but the
>proportion of "Africans" rather than "creoles" listed in the Jamaican slave
>registers of 1817, ten years after the official end of the slave trade
>very high to me. Perhaps it was as much as a third. The free black
>population was a pretty small proportion of the total in the 1820s. For
>example Colonoal Office returns then say in St Thomas in the East there
>442 whites, 196 free blacks & "people of colour" and 25,648 slaves. In St
>Andrews there were 476 whites, 336 free blacks & persons of colour and
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Ann Whiting" <>
>Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 4:35 PM
>Subject: Re: Irish Slaves
> > The question begs to ask, and this is for pondering, where did all to
> > go? If not to Barbados, Jamaica and Montsarrat, what did Cromwell do
> > them?
> > Ann
> > >From: (Richard Bond)
> > >Reply-To:
> > >To:
> > >Subject: Re: Irish Slaves
> > >Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 00:33:52 -0500 (EST)
> > >
> > > I have seen a thesis on the migration of Irish to the Caribbean and
> > >Jamaica. The thesis makes the same observation that there are many
> > >people in Jamaica who claim descent from Cromwellian Irish emigrants.
> > >However census records of Jamaica do not show it as having a large
> > >poulation until later and few Irish in the time of Cromwell. The thesis
> > >goes on to conclude that in the first generation most Irish transports
> > >were actually going to Barbados. Many died and or left no children. The
> > >island of Barbados could not carry as many people with opportunity as
> > >lived there by the second or third generation. Most of the Irish
> > >descendants born on Barbados then migrated to the other British
> > >including Jamaica.
> > >
> > >
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