Britannia's Children: Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland Since 1600

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A&C Black, May 14, 2004 - History - 388 pages
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Twenty-five million emigrants have left the British Isles since 1600, mainly travelling to America or to parts of the British Empire around the world. Britannia's Children is the first account of emigration from the British Isles as a whole, including England, Scotland and Ireland. Tracing the stages of this extraordinary movement from the days of the Mayflower to modern times, Eric Roberts shows the variety of motives that drove men and women to make the most momentous decisions of their lives as well as providing a mass of individual stories, voyages, destinations and fates.
 

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Contents

The Westward Thrust
17
Atlantic TakeOff
33
Crossing the Atlantic
49
The Reluctant Diaspora
67
The Age of Industrialisation
91
The Beginnings of Mass Emigration
117
Full Spate
151
The High Noon of Victorian Emigration
175
The Last Atlantic Wave
207
Notes
305
Bibliography
365
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Eric Roberts is a Professor of History at Flinders University, Australia.

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