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Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World

James Evans

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c 1600 to c 1700, Prose: non-fiction, European history, British & Irish history, History of the Americas, Migration, immigration & emigration

An absorbing, unconventional approach to the mass migration from England to the Americas in the seventeenth century.

'Marvellously engaging' The Times
'Brisk, informative and eye-opening' Daily Telegraph

In the 1600s, vast numbers of people left England for the Americas. Crossing the Atlantic was a major undertaking, the voyage long and treacherous. Why did they go?

Emigrants casts vivid new light on the population shift which underpins the rise of modern America. Using contemporary sources including diaries, court hearings and letters, James Evans brings us the extraordinary personal stories of the men and women who made the journey of a lifetime.

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Praise for Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World

  • A marvellously engaging and comprehensive account of this ambitious undertaking and the men and women who accomplished it, often with the odds stacked against them. Here he tells the exciting, sometimes heartbreaking stories of the pioneers and explains what kind of world they dreamt of creating - The Times

  • Gripping and enjoyable ... In a lucid, well-written and solidly researched analysis, Evans teases out the mixed and complicated reasons that so many people were compelled to make the risky sea voyage to a perilous wilderness - Church Times

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James Evans

James Evans completed a doctorate at Oriel College, Oxford, following a first-class degree and a Masters in Historical Research. He is a writer and producer of historical documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and the author of MERCHANT ADVENTURERS and EMIGRANTS. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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