John B. Flannery The Irish Texans

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The Irish Texans

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Irish immigrants played a large part in early Texas history, largely because of a carrot-and-stick situation. The "stick" was the political and religious persecution they were suffering at home. The "carrot" was Texas itself: an area with enormous natural resources, but with a paucity of population - an area that was luring immigrants with cheap land in order to exploit those resources. The Battle of Kinsale, Ireland, in 1602 began the Irish exodus from their homeland, for it ended with the English defeat of the Irish armies. For the next 320 years, the Irish were denied both education and political representation. The predominantly Catholic Irish were also persecuted for their religion by the Anglican English. After the passage of the Test Act in 1703, many of the same abuses were inflicted also upon the Presbyterian Irish. Time after time the Irish attempted to overthrow English domination; time after time they were defeated. Each defeat generated a new wave of emigration - first to France, Spain and Austria, later to New Spain and Texas. The Potato Famine in the 1840s, when Irish livestock and grain were shipped to England while the Irish starved, created an even larger tide of Irish immigration to all parts of the United States.

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