Southampton to the New World

Meet author, James Evans, as he discusses his book, Emigrants.

Nowadays, in countries like England or the USA, it is as immigrants that people who move are usually viewed. So it makes sense to recall a time – not so long ago – when many who left their home were leaving England not attempting to reach it. For a variety of reasons, but often out of sheer desperation: Emigrants.

Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World is about English men, women and children who sailed to North America in the course of the 17th Century, and who in the process, fashioned a North America which was predominately English-speaking – something which has had incalculable influence on the modern world. It looks closely at certain characters and at certain motivations for going. Southampton was a major port of embarkation for many of those who left.

 

James Evans is a historian and television producer.
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