08 Oct Another brick to the wall: The unruly Irish nation within the civilized English empire, 17th century
The Irish nation was judged barbarous by the English colonizer, mainly because of the hybrid Catholicism, the primitive customs and traditions and the inexistence of property warrants of its inhabitants. Hence, Ireland, the first English colony, served as an imperial laboratory and as a reservoir for land. Its population was used to meet the high demand of labour in the North American colonies. Some Irish decided to follow their own interest and participate in building the English empire while a lot more, mostly commoners, were driven to be agents of the empire, but against their will.