Okay well your professor lied to you.
Actually there were so many Black British at that time that Elizabeth I tried to blame the realms ills on them and have them all deported. Twice. She failed, probably because you can’t deport your own citizens very well under most circumstances. It’s actually a pretty pivotal point in English history.
An open le[tt]re to the L[ord] Maiour of London and th’alermen his brethren, And to all other Maiours, Sheryfes, &c. Her Ma[jes]tieunderstanding that there are of late divers Blackmoores brought into the Realme, of which kinde of people there are all ready here to manie,consideringe howe God hath blessed this land w[i]th great increase of people of our owne Nation as anie Countrie in the world, wherof manie for want of Service and meanes to sett them on worck fall to Idlenesse and to great extremytie; Her Ma[jesty’]s pleasure therefore ys, that those kinde of people should be sent forthe of the lande. And for that purpose there ys direction given to this bearer Edwarde Banes to take of those Blackmoores that in this last voyage under Sir Thomas Baskervile, were brought into this Realme to the nomber of Tenn, to be Transported by him out of the Realme. Wherein wee Req[uire] you to be aydinge & Assysting unto him as he shall have occacion, and thereof not to faile.
Elizabeth I tried to use Black British as scapegoats for some of the problems in English society during the Elizabethan Era, problems that led to the passing of the famous Poor Laws in 1597 and 1601.
But while Elizabeth may have enjoyed being entertained by Black people, in the 1590s she also issued proclamations against them. In 1596 she wrote to the lord mayors of major cities noting that there were ‘of late divers blackmoores brought into this realm, of which kind of people there are already here to manie…’. She ordered that ‘those kinde of people should be sente forth of the land’.
Elizabeth made an arrangement for a merchant, Casper van Senden, to deport Black people from England in 1596. The aim seems to have been to exchange them for (or perhaps to sell them to obtain funds to buy) English prisoners held by England’s Catholic enemies Spain and Portugal.
No doubt van Senden intended to sell these people. But this was not to be, because masters* of Black workers - who had not been offered compensation - refused to let them go. In 1601, Elizabeth issued a further proclamation expressing her ‘discontentment by the numbers of blackamores which are crept into this realm…’ and again licensing van Senden to deport Black people. It is doubtful whether this second proclamation was any more successful than the first.Why this sudden, urgent desire to expel members of England’s Black population? It was more than a commercial transaction pursued by the queen. In the 16th century, the ruling classes became increasingly concerned about poverty and vagrancy, as the feudal system- which, in theory, had kept everyone in their place - finally broke down. They feared disorder and social breakdown and, blaming the poor, brought in poor laws to try to deal with the problem
As you can see, Black people were a pretty important and pivotal part of English society at the time. Basically, the Queen tried to convince the people that they had to “give up” their cobbler’s apprentices and weavers and other various other workingpeople (the Black musicians in the court were of course exempt from the deportations) to the crown, on the basis that they were “vagrants” and “mostly infidels”. This was not only a wild exaggeration (most were Christian with working class jobs like ya do), but it’s not a very compelling reason to frigging report your next-door neighbor Bill the Mason to immigration. Because then who’s going to do your masonry?
So anyways, the Poor Laws had to be passed, because you can’t deport your citizens/workforce and no one would cooperate with something like that.
And it’s not like those people went anywhere. They’re still there. They were there before that! Some had been there since like, the 4th frigging century when that was part of the Roman Empire!
Also check the tag for England here. Plenty more on lots of different people of color in England throughout many eras.
oh my god how is this something i never learned about in three separate elizabethan era-focused classes??? (no need to answer; i know how)
Like, I thought my capacity to be disappointed in history education was full, but I guess not.
Seriously, the next time someone sends a message about how this is stuff “everyone knows” remind me to link this.
Reblogging this for the last five people who asked me if there are enough people who don’t know that POC lived in Europe in the past to “justify” Medievalpoc’s existence….
Because sometimes those people are your professor. Or someone who took three Elizabethan Era focused classes. Because I think everyone should know these things, whether you’re a history fan or not.
the holy trinity
Wait, they had a Pikachu GBA SP??
Crap, missed one.
****Looking to trade legitimate WSHMKR Jirachis for other legitimate Event Pokemon!****
Sunshine and I are looking to complete our respective Pokedexes, and guess who has sat on a Pokemon Colosseum Bonus Disc all these years. :p So I am offering this ridiculously adorable Steel/Psychic-type in exchange for ones we are missing!
As stated previously, legitimate trades only, please. If you are interested, please pop me an ask at tarajenkins!
Attention Pokemon traders - Tara’s got LEGITIMATE Jirachis up in this bitch. Send her an ask if you’re interested!
Wish I still had one of those Deoxys I hoarded back in 4th Gen XD
Unfortunately my 3DS battery is dead due to over playing Bravely Default, otherwise I’d get that extra Genesect off Black 2 ASAP. Would go great with my SpaceCenter Deoxys and Japanese 3rd Gen Celebi.
Hope you get what you need.
PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS, REBLOG IT, WHATEVER. This is being reported on as an “exclusive story” to a local cable news channel in LA. THIS STORY SHOULD NOT BE BURIED. This woman was kidnapped, they attempted to rape her, and she nearly DIED getting away. Now the LAPD want the whole thing to go away. DON’T LET IT.
The officers responsible for the KIDNAP AND SEXUAL ASSAULT of Kim Nguyen are:
David E. Shin (신은총) and Jinseok Oh (오진석) of Olympic Division.
PLEASE REBLOG EVEN IF YOU DELETE IT FIVE MINUTES LATER, AT LEAST THE PEOPLE ON YOUR DASHBOARD MIGHT SEE IT. ANYTHING HELPS.
Holy shit, Edgeworth and Sephiroth’s fancy archer baby kicks ass.
New blog calls for a giveaway! This giveaway is all about Mane 6; Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity and Pinkie Pie. We’ve made little sets of each pony, winners will get:
- one pony charm
- one pony bookmark
- two pony stickers
- one pony postcard (randomly chosen)
First will get to choose from 6 ponies, second from 5 ponies, third from 4 ponies etc… In total, there will be 6 winners.c:
1. You can only reblog once, likes don’t count. Multiple reblogs and giveaway blogs will be disqualified
2. Following makes us happy, but isn’t necessary.c:
3. giveaway ends 17th October, winners will be chosen randomly