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Published on Mar 2, 2008
This is the shocking, previously untold story of over 50,000 Irish men, women and children who were transported to Barbados and Virginia between 1652 and 1659. The motivation for the initial transportation of the Irish was expressed by King James I of England: "Root out the Papists and fill it [Ireland] with Protestants."
From a search that began in the library of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and its files on Irish slaves, Sean O'Callaghan for the first time documents the history of their transportation, the conditions in which they lived on the plantations and their rebellions in Barbados. To Hell or Barbados manages to put a few names and faces on those otherwise anonymous victims of slavery.
Excerpted from To Hell or Barbados: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ireland by Sean O'Callaghan.