The Troubles in Northern Ireland
the legacy of british colonialism
Britain's influence from centuries before
In the early 1500's, Britain colonized over most of Ireland and what is now Northern Ireland. To try to get the Irish people in favor of Britain's religion and rules, they sent over thousands of protestants to try and convert the population. Over time, the Irish Catholics and British protestants started to form resentment towards each other and their varying lifestyles and teachings, not to mention the Cathlics were true to staying Ireland and the Protestants wanted to be with Britain and the king. Tensions increased as the centuries passed but no drastic action was taken until the 1960's.