The White Slave Trade in America

In the 1650’s 100,000 Irish children were sent by the English to the West Indies and Virginia as slaves. 52,000 Irish women, whose husbands had been killed by the English during the 1640s, were shipped as slaves to Barbados and Virginia and elsewhere. Most of the 500,000 Irish killed from 1641 to 1652 died at the hands of Oliver Cromwell’s highly financed troops.  By the end of the British invasion of Ireland in the 1640s and the Cromwellian genocidal war from 1649-1652, the entire Irish population of the Ireland was a mere 600,000. In addition to the half million slaughtered, 300,000 were sold off as slaves. (See John Martin’s article here on Global Research)

The American Thinker, Janet Levy: Slavery in America, typically associated with blacks from Africa, was an enterprise that began with the shipping of more than 300,000 white Britons to the colonies.  This little known history is fascinatingly recounted in White Cargo (New York University Press, 2007).  Drawing on letters, diaries, ship manifests, court documents, and government archives, authors Don Jordan and Michael Walsh detail how thousands of whites endured the hardships of tobacco farming and lived and died in bondage in the New World.  Full article is here.