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The Emigrant Experience 1818–1839
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781848321366
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Era: 19th Century
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Subject: Emigration
  • Date Available: May 2013
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From the early nineteenth century onwards, millions of people left their homes to cross the seas. Some, like the convicts transported from England to Australia, had no choice; others like the indentured Indian and Chinese laborers had almost no alternative; but the vast majority of emigrants were driven to escape war, famine or grinding poverty. Whatever their circumstances and wherever their destination, the one experience they all shared in common was the sea voyage.

This history traces the story of the emigrant, from the decision to emigrate, to the journey to the port and the voyage itself, to arrival in the new world. It describes the differing conditions on board sailing ships and steamers, convict and coolie ships, and the perils of overcrowding, epidemics, fire, shipwreck and even cannibalism. It also investigates the varied receptions emigrants were likely to face.

Kevin Brown is the Curator of the Alexander Fleming Museum at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. His previous books include Fighting Fit and Poxed & Scurvied.

~ Praise for Passage to the World ~

"A compelling book....provides a fascinating glimpse into this rarely covered period of maritime history in a well-written, erudite and thought-provoking work; a worthwhile addition to any maritime historian’s library. It is also an extension of [Brown's] recent Poxed & Scurvied, an equally scholarly and important book." 

--The Northern Mariner

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