By Lucille H. Campey
This can be the 1st absolutely documented and certain account, produced in recent years, of 1 of the best early migrations of Scots to North the US. the coming of the Hector in 1773, with approximately two hundred Scottish passengers, sparked an immense inflow of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. millions of Scots, generally from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the province through the overdue 1700s and the 1st 1/2 the 19th century.Lucille Campey strains the method of emigration and explains why Scots selected their varied cost destinations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. a lot designated info has been distilled to supply new insights on how, why and while the province got here to procure its particular Scottish groups. difficult the commonly held assumption that this was once basically a flight from poverty, After the Hector finds how Scots have been being encouraged by way of features, comparable to the chance for larger freedoms and higher livelihoods.The anguish and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have solid an extended shadow over previous occasions, making a misunderstanding that every one emigration were pressured on humans. difficult proof exhibit that the majority emigration used to be voluntary, self-financed and pursued by means of humans looking forward to to enhance their financial customers. a mixture of push and pull elements introduced Scots to Nova Scotia, laying down a wealthy and deep seam of Scottish tradition that maintains to flourish. widely documented with all recognized passenger lists and info of over 300 send crossings, this ebook tells their story."The saga of the Scots who chanced on a house clear of domestic in Nova Scotia, instructed in a simple, unembellished, no-nonsense variety with a few surprises alongside the best way. This e-book includes a lot of significant curiosity to historians and genealogists."- Professor Edward J. Cowan, collage of Glasgow"...a well-written, crisp narrative that gives an invaluable define of the identified Scottish settlements as much as the center of the nineteenth century...avoid[s] the sentimental 'victim & scapegoat technique' to the subject and as an alternative has supplied an account of the sights and mechanisms of settlement...."- Professor Michael Vance, St. Mary's collage, Halifax
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Courtesy 1766 and moving to New Jersey from of Princeton University Library, University Archives, Department of Paisley, he immediately made a name for Rare Booths and Special Collections. himself. He introduced the new educational ideas which were sweeping through Scotland at the time to the College, encouraged free thinking and promoted libertarian ideals. 26 This was a man who believed in giving power to the common people. Thus a venture which enabled poor Scots to throw off their feudal shackles appealed to his libertarian instincts.
And as Lord Selkirk observed, emigrants left to their own devices could waste considerable time and money: "They found that they were at no great distance from some relations who had formerly settled in Nova Scotia. Having found every new situation better than the former and concluding that their friends must have chosen best of all they determined to join them. They proceeded therefore with their families and baggage to that settlement, where they found that all the best situations were taken up.
And they were beginning to surmount their difficulties, when the American Revolutionary War brot^e out, and this branch of trade being stopped, they were cut off from all supplies from abroad. 1 E OR THE DURATION OF THE American War of Independence, from 1775 to 1783, Scots at Pictou experienced food shortages and isruption to their general trade, although they were not themselves directly involved in the conflict. "2 Given that the Pictou people included men like Alexander Fraser who, as a boy, had actually witnessed the bloody and savage defeat of Highlanders at the Battle of Culloden in 1745—46, their loyalty to the British side seems odd.
After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1773-1852 by Lucille H. Campey