About This Episode:
In 2023, there are more people enslaved than in any time in history, many of those are children. I discuss the new film Sound of Freedom, look why it took 5 years to be released. We also delve into why the media is hitting this so hard.
Sound of Freedom:
– It took 5 years to fund the Movie
– 4th of July most Box Office Sales $14.2M to Indiana Jones 11.8
I found the subject hard to research because all searches reverted to the North Atlantic Slave trade. The Atlantic slave trade peaked in the late 18th century when the largest number of people were captured and enslaved on raiding expeditions into the interior of West Africa.
Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.
And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. What about the Irish?
In 1625, an official Proclamation ordered for Irish prisoners to get rounded up and sold as slaves to English Planters. Between 1629 and 1632 a large numbers of Irish, men and women, were sent to Guiana, Antiqua and Montserrat. By 1637 approx 69% of the population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. African slaves had to be purchased, 20 to 50-pound sterling, Irish slaves were captured and sold for 900 pounds of cotton. The Irish became the largest source of slaves for English slave traders.
During the 1650s , over 100,000 Irish children, generally from 10 to 14 years old, were taken from their parents, and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England
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