Ireland: Propaganda and Plantations

Introduction

Throughout the 16th century, English monarchs struggled to control Ireland by imposing English language, English customs and the Protestant faith. Part of this policy consisted of 'planting' English farmers, merchants and craftsman in Ireland by giving them land and incentives to settle there.

Sources from this period tend to show extremes of view, on the one hand portraying the Irish as uncivilized and rebellious savages who needed to be subdued and on the other claiming that the incomers were savage and brutal conquerors who stole the land.

Here you can explore a variety of sources - produced by both sides. Many of the sources contain images or words which were intended to be used to persuade people as such could be described as propaganda.