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The Ulster Plantation



In 1607, the earls of Ulster abandoned their ancestral lands and moved to the Continent. This change had radical consequences for the north of Ireland as well as for the rest of the island. The crown read this move as proof of yet another plot between the earls and the Spanish against the English state. The ancestral territories of the O’Neills, O’Donnells, Maguires, and their supporters therefore fell to the crown, which turned these lands into the Ulster Plantation, a colonization scheme on an unprecedented scale in Ireland. British law and investment were introduced, and the region, which was previously deemed the most uncivil and intractable in Ireland, was newly populated with English and Presbyterian Scots settlers.




John Davies. A discoverie of the true causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued ... London, 1612
 

Carew Manuscript. Gaelic Pedigree
 

Shakespeare. First Folio. London, 1623
 




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