Tuesday, 18 August 2009

La Usona Revolucio kaj la Irlandalingvo

...de la Irish Emigrant:

On Sunday, August 30, the Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee will hold its Annual Commemorations at the Green-Wood Cemetery in conjunction with the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn and the American Revolutionary War. For the past 30 years, the event has celebrated the intertwined histories of Ireland and America through honoring the anniversary of the battle...

…The Battle of Brooklyn, also known as the Battle of Long Island, was not only the first major battle in the American Revolution to succeed the Declaration of Independence, but also the largest battle to take place during the war. Having defeated the Redcoats at the Siege of Boston in March of 1776, General George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, moved his troops to New York City, the British army’s anticipated target….

…..According to Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution, it is estimated that between 1/4 and 1/3 of the American Continental Army was composed of Irish and Irish-American soldiers. That included nearly 1,500 officers of Irish ancestry, among them 22 generals and more than a dozen sea captains. When delivering a post-war synopsis to Parliament on the reasons why England lost, Lord Mountjoy said, "America was lost through the Irish immigrants...I have been assured on the best authority that the Irish language was commonly spoke in the America ranks."….

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