Thursday, March 6, 2008

The 17th Century Rocks

While poking around on the internet today, I came across this YouTube video based on Flogging Molly's "Tobacco Island":

Now, being an insufferable know-it-all, I must quibble a tiny bit with Flogging Molly - Barbados was primarily a sugar island, not a tobacco island. Still, you inserted references to sugar cane, Cromwell, and Irish enslavement without making the song un-dance-to-able, so kudos on that.

But to the person who made this video, I would advise another once-over of Barbadian history. While Barbados was one of the first English colonies to make extensive use of African slave labor, this song is clearly referencing the deportation of thousands of Irishmen by Cromwell's puritan forces during the aftermath of the English Civil War.

A search on YouTube for "Cromwell" was actually surprisingly fruitful. I recommend this one:

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