White Slaves in the Sugar Plantations of Barbados. In the 17th century. Oliver Cromwell shipped Romanichal Gypsies as slaves to the American southern plantations and there is documentation of English Gypsies being owned by freed black slaves in Jamaica, Barbados and in both Cuba and Louisiana. Approx. 100,000 Irish Catholic men, women and children were enslaved in the British West Indies & British North America after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in the 17th century.
I wanted my grandfather to build me a gypsy caravan and set it up on the edge of the woods, near the stream, looking out over the pasture. I pictured something like this. I can still picture just how I wanted the interior decorated. Wouldn't it've made a beautiful play house for a little girl?
Edward and Famie Cooper in their vardo 1938. In Gypsy culture the inside of the caravan is very clean and well organized. A Gypsy family might not have much in the way of possessions but the caravan is treated with great pride and love as it is the refuge from both bad weather and the storms of humankind.