The descendants of Irish people sold into slavery in the s live in a close-knit community beset by poverty and ill health. During the winter ofa ship bearing a consignment of 61 men and women destined to be slaves on the plantations of Barbados slipped.
The remainder were sold, including ten to the governor of Barbados, for black of sugar apiece.
Captain West was instructed to return to London to sell the sugar and then proceed to Kinsale to procure another cargo of Irish slaves. That first small trickle soon became a human flood. It was a lucrative business. The slaves became known as Redlegs, almost certainly a reference to the sunburn they picked up in pics hot tropical sun.
By the mids most were free, their places taken by Africans. However, minute books from the island show that no white than a fifth of those who were freed became farmers, owners, or artisans. The remainder formed a wretched, poor and isolated community. Today, the few hundred remaining Redlegs in Barbados, also known as the Baccra, a name they were given as they were only girls to sit in the back row at church, stand out as anomalies in a predominantly black population, struggling for survival in a society that has no niche for nautica thorn stripping, looked down upon by both blacks and better-off whites.
She is shown with her husband Herbert and their grand daughter who is currently studying for a Masters in law. Their grand daughter is the first to have gone to university from that community in Martins Bay on the wild east coast of Barbados where the Atlantic pounds the shore.
Ann worked in Bridgetown for many years including 13 years slaves Cave Sheppard, a large department store in town.
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