In our ongoing discussion of the many connections between the Caribbean and the South, it is interesting to note that our regions share a lengthy history of indentured servitude and White slavery. Today, slavery is typically thought of historically in the Americas as a strictly African institution. However, this was certainly not the case. Beginning in the 1640s, as many as perhaps 50,000 Scottish, Irish and west English were sent as either slaves (typically taken against their will from the orphanages) or indentured servants to Barbados alone to work on the sugar plantations there. Barbados, of course, was the first prosperous British island in the Caribbean and settlers from it colonised South Carolina, spreading their culture to the Lower South. Today, the vast majority of the people of Barbados are Blacks who descend from African slaves. Many of the White Barbadians moved on from the island to the North American mainland. However, small communities of poor Whites, known as ‘Red Legs,’ have managed to survive on the island as a minority for all these hundreds of years. Ethnically they are the sort of people people who settled Appalachia and the backcountry of Dixie. In fact, the Red-Legs surely have distant relatives throughout the Southern States.
The video below explores the Scottish-Barbadian connection and tells the story of the White slaves of Barbados and their descendants.
Thanks to Occidental Dissent for the link!