|Posted by Sean O'Halloran on October 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM|
From ‘The Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland’ by John P. Prendergast, ‘ Second Edition enlarged, 1870, Clachan Publishing, 2014.
".....They (the government set up after the Act for the Settlement of Ireland 1652) had agents actively employed through Ireland, seizing women, orphans, and the destitute, to be transported to Barbadoes and the English Plantations in America. It was a measure beneficial they said to Ireland, which was thus relieved of a population that might trouble the Planters; it was a benefit to the people removed, who might thus be made English and Christians; and a great benefit to the West India sugar planters, who desired the men and boys for their bondmen, and the women and Irish girls in a country where they had only Maroon women and Negresses to solace them.
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