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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.

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Ann worked in Bridgetown for many years including 13 years for Cave Sheppard, a large department store in town.

Making Contact There is a strong sense of community among the Redlegs.

They do not know much about Ireland except that some of their ancestors came from there.

Though one man I met, Wilson Norris, is passionate about Irish music and has a collection of CDs, these people are poor and their main concentration is on survival, not the past.

However, Wilson was unable to work as a result of operations for an ulcerated stomach and a hernia, and there was little money for basic necessities.

I was glad to see them both again in 2008, but it was a great shock to discover that a house built for two was now housing their daughter, her boyfriend, and three small children.

“If I need to eat, I go next door, and if they need to eat, they come to me,” 86-year-old Eustace Norris, who spent 30 years working in a factory in England before returning to Barbados, told me. Despite having lived in Barbados for a number of years, I had only glimpsed these conspicuously poor, bare-footed individuals hauling coconuts up the hill in the New Castle district of Saint John Parish on the east coast of Barbados.

In order to get to know them better, I spent time with them in 2000 and again in 20.

They were initially suspicious of me, but the fact that I had worked in the area helped to break the ice.

And as one of them exclaimed, “Ah, that makes you Bajan.” The Redlegs have retained a racial pride and a degree of aloofness from their black neighbors, mostly marrying within their own community.

Her home had neither electricity nor running water, which she had to carry from a standpipe.

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