Posted by: irishhungercomm | February 15, 2011

Ireland’s Losses Started Way Before the Great Hunger

By Janet Christophersen

‘From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade’

The then stated policy of the English Govt. in the period 1620 onwards was to exterminate all Irish, and to this end there were incursions, mass slaughter and then rounding up and selling of Irish men women and children as slaves to be sold in Virginia and East Indies, wherever tobacco was grown. Lots of info on the Internet and even YouTube

More irish slaves than african..



  1. And yet most people seem to forget this fact. I do need to make a correction about the king who made this proclamation. It was James I not the second. James II was the last Catholic English monarch who met his dénouement at the Battle of the Boyne in 1689 and was subsequently exiled. But he too, eventually betrayed the Irish.

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