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She had moved onto a plot beside her daughter’s house, where she lived in a wooden shack, again without running water, proper sanitation, or electricity.
In 2008, I found Erlene, then 78 years old, still smiling, but living in even worse conditions.
In all, more than 50,000 Irish were transported from Ireland to Barbados (more were sent to other islands in the West Indies), many of them prisoners captured by Oliver Cromwell during the wars in Ireland and Scotland and following the Monmouth Rebellion.
The slaves became known as Redlegs, almost certainly a reference to the sunburn they picked up in the hot tropical sun.
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. An Irish white slave could be sold in Barbados for between £10 and £35.