Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World

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Orion, Jul 6, 2017 - History - 336 pages
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'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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About the author (2017)

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: The Voyage of Discovery that Transformed Tudor England. He lives in London with his wife and three children.