Sunday, October 12, 2014

You never hear this story these days...

They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.
We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.
But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbour.
The Irish slave trade began when James VI sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies.
By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.
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.
Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.
During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia.
Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.
Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.
As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.
African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (£50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than £5 Sterling). If a planter whipped, branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African.
The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce.
Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish mothers, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their children and would remain in servitude.
In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls (many as young as 12) with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves.
This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company.
England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia. There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat.
There is little question the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more, in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is also little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry.
In 1839, Britain finally decided on it’s own to end its participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded this chapter of Irish misery.
But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong. Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories.
But, why is it so seldom discussed? Do the memories of hundreds of thousands of Irish victims not merit more than a mention from an unknown writer?
Or is their story to be the one that their English masters intended: To completely disappear as if it never happened.
None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to describe their ordeal. These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and biased history books conveniently forgot.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Daily Deercam, Tuesday, Sept 30.

Disappearing doe.

Little buck being awfully watchful.

Dang coons.

Kind of gotten the feeling that one of the fawns may be missing.

Fawn and young buck.

No telling.  It's not the whiskey bottle.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Daily Deercam, Monday, Sept 29.

The Big Rabbit!

The boys come in a couple times, but that's all.

A little fencing going on.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Daily Deercam: Saturday, Sept 27.

Dead batteries killed a day.  I left it dead but re-corned and was surprised to actually find corn still under the cam at about 10:30 this morning.  First time ever.  Maybe feeders are coming on line and they are getting some options.

You wonder what they are looking at.

Nothing but the two little bucks.  A raccoon in the night.  Batteries re-set and everything running again.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Daily Deercam, Sept 23-24, 2014.

The doe and double fawns must be down the creek a little.  Just the two bucks.  Things will start moving shortly.

Came in about 6:30 and started eating corn.  I always stand up the old whiskey bottle- the woods are full of dumps of old trash.  During prohibition Club-13 was one of those places people went to drink at their lakehouses in private.  Interesting to see how a deer won't even knock the old bottle down.

But the Raccons always do.

Corn out again at about 11:00.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014,

Making runs to the lake almost every day so they are getting fed twice as often.  They are sucking it up.
Looking in tree for Bigfoot.  Somehow I missed some frames.  Not much corn down and this was first on the card.  Corn was put out at 1:34 the previous day.  Not much left in this frame.  Cameras must not be running all the time though they are set on the 3-shot burst a minute apart.

Armadillo crossing.  Probably a young female.  The males get a lot bigger.  Need her for a photo.

Doe and twins come through.  Fawns almost have lost spots.

One of the little bucks.  Four-point.

Corn down today at 4:38.

David Guthery services Wednesday. Gorman, Texas.

Higgenbotham Funeral Home, Gorman, Texas.  No obit there yet.

Visitation tomorrow nite (Tues) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM @ Higgingbotham Funeral Home, Gorman, Tx. 
Service will be Weds 24 Sept @ 10:00 @ First Baptist Church; also in Gorman, Tx ( church is very close to Funeral home)
Burial in Jewel Cemetery ( David's place borders this cemetery so he'll be @ home).
Pall bearers: Wallace McDaniel, Glen Glasson, Steve Stinnett, Roddy Wilkerson, Jeff Whiteside, Robert Seaton ( Steven Riggs alternate).

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, Sept 22, 2014.

Still just the same five deer.  No pig lately.  No squirrels.  A big rabbit, possum, coons.  One Chucacabra.

From the 19th.

After the corn that was put down at 11:30.  They must have been across the creek.

Alert kids.  

And that's good.

Flash turned on.

Smart, experienced mom.  Probably third set of twins.  Or more.

The little bucks show up after corn is gone.

Corn reset today at 1:34, Monday, Sept 22.

David Guthery, 2014.

Wallace reports David stepped on the rainbow this morning.  We'll miss him.  A Texan and patriot.

With Grandson Jake at the Service Rifle Championship, 2014.

  One of my favorite people on any firing line.  Great face to photograph and a very thoughtful and competent competitor and outdoorsman.

Here's David in the group that got LEG points at the Service Rifle Championship at Camp Swift.  There's going to be a gap in the Distinguished Rifleman line where Guthery should have been.