Little Scotland, Barbados

The first slaves to work Barbados’ sugar cane plantations were Scottish, not African. Most were prisoners shipped to Barbados by Cromwell as “indentured servants”, although the terms of their servitude weren’t honored.
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The Scots were ill-adapted to the Caribbean climate & treated as poorly as the Africans who came after.

Even after emancipation in 1854, they fared poorly, welcomed neither by White society nor Black.

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Today, many of their ancestors, most of whom live in St John’s district, don’t know about their forebears.

The poor don’t leave records; their identity is lost to history.

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When Cromwell transported fifty thousand Scottish slaves to Barbados during an unprecedented act of ethnic cleansing they disappeared from the history books.

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In this one hour documentary we uncover the facts of the “Barbadosed” Scottish & discover whether the island’s Redlegs, a small reclusive community made pallid & weak from 300 years of inbreeding, strong rum & insufficient food, is the living legacy of those white slaves.
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This fascinating documentary explores this neglected episode in Scottish & Irish history & unravels the mystery of these forgotten people by reconstructing the conditions which greeted them when they arrived in Barbados,..
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... the horrific labour they had to perform in the sugar fields, the branding irons with which they were labeled like cattle, & how they had to build their own shelters or perish, following the redlegs’ plight right up to their modern day descendants,..
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... most of whom still live in neglected impoverished conditions.
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