I will begin to share some of the similarities of the Irish and Choctaw history which, when validated, motivated my writing. The first two are big ones.
- Both cultures suffered from continuous invasions of foreigners. The English, French, Dutch and Spaniards all invaded North America, stole land and planted settlers. In Ireland, the list of invaders defies historical recording. Formorians and Firbolgs, DeDannan and Milesians, Gauls, Norse, Norman, Scots and English, all invaded Ireland, stole land and planted settlers. 'Plantation' has come to mean the planting of crops like sugar or cotton, but historical events indicate that 'plantation' really means planting people on land they did not own.
- The mandates of the invaders: Oliver Cromwell demanded that all Irish Catholics needed to migrate west of the Shannon River. "To Hell or Connacht", was his command. Connacht, the western rocky province, was the least favorable land for farming, but 'Hell", in this context, meant slavery in Barbados. Barbados even became a verb, saying that "the survivors were 'Barbadosed'" The Chahtas, by the demands of Andrew Jackson, were sent west of the Mississippi, for reasons of "Manifest Destiny". This ideal, over time, morphed into the false belief of 'white entitlement'. That belief still keeps our country off balance.