The Saint Patrick's Day Surprise

It was March 17, 1631 in Ireland when they came. The fact that it was Saint Patrick's Day was not lost upon the raiders. They landed their ships off the village of Baltimore, in West Cork. They approached with assistance from a local fisherman, whom they had lied to and promised him freedom in exchange for his part in the raid.

They attacked without warning, having crossed a long distance in the Atlantic to reach the Emerald Isle. They attacked with muskets and clubs, routing any resistance and snatching anyone they could find. Their cargo holds held enough room for plenty of captives, and by the end of the day, the foreigners sailed away with a hold full of Irish and English captives.

In the raiders' homeland, some were kept in slavery, some were kept as consorts, and some eventually were liberated. However, many of the captured garrison and those who resisted met a different fate. They were rounded up with other prisoners of war, many from Spain and Portugal, and marched up to their capital city. One by one, they were marched up the stairs of the largest structure in town, and their hearts were removed by the high priest. In 1421, the Chinese had inadvertently given the Aztecs guns, metalworking, and immunity to Old World diseases, and better ship building techniques. Now, the garland wars were no longer limited to the New World.