A HISTORY OF EMIGRATION
FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM TO NORTH AMERICA. 1763-1912. By Stanley C.
Johnson, M.A. Pp. xvi, 387. Demy 8vo. London : George Routledge & Sons.
1913. 6s. net.
A THESIS for the D.Sc.
Degree in Economics in the University of London, this work is
instructive and worth reading. The most interesting parts to us are
Chapters I. and II., the Preliminary Survey 1763-1815 and the Historical
Survey 1815-1912, and it is astonishing to find how much of America
after 1763 was peopled by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland.
In Canada emigrants from
the latter country, mainly Celts, prevailed; the Frasers and
Montgomeries were the first, these were increased by loyalist migrations
from America after the war broke out. Many of the second band were
Catholics, who fused with the French Canadians, leaving as sole traces
of their Highland descent, 'their names and red hair.' Lord Selkirk's
colonies to Prince Edward Island in 1803, and (less successful) to
Hudson's Bay in 1811 followed. All these are recounted in this book, and
the more modern system of colonisation, the causes, growth and extent,
may also be traced in its well-written pages.
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