This doesn’t play into the “agenda” of today’s rants about slavery and the generations of oppressive attitudes towards “former slaves”. The progressives seem to commit this bit when they support “racial equality”, so typical. Facts don’t matter, only ideologies.
A little history on this St. Patrick’s Day.
King James VI and Charles I led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor.
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.
A little more on the subject