1920 - Two Irish civilians forced to parade around a Waterford town by British troops with a British flag tied around their necks. Both men were beaten and dumped outside the town. The War of Independence, Ireland, 1920
IRISH: THE FORGOTTEN WHITE SLAVES
Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives & children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women & children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well. During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 & 14 were taken from their parents & sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia & New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women & children) were sold to Barbados…
Between 1585 and 1818, over half a million Irish were lured from their homeland by promises of glory, money and honour in a constant emigration romantically styled 'The Flight of the Wild Geese'. Throughout this period, the Irish Brigades in France and Spain participated in conflicts ranging from the wars of the Spanish and the Austrian Successions through to the Napoleonic Wars.
The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick on October 3, 1691, following the end of the Williamite War in Ireland. More broadly, the term "Wild Geese" is used in Irish history to refer to Irish soldiers who left to serve as mercenaries in continental European armies in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.