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Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785

David Dobson

Publication Year: 1994

Before 1650, only a few hundred Scots had trickled into the American colonies, but by the early 1770s the number had risen to 10,000 per year. A conservative estimate of the total number of Scots who settled in North America prior to 1785 is around 150,000.

Who were these Scots? What did they do? Where did they settle? What factors motivated their emigration? Dobson's work, based on original research on both sides of the Atlantic, comprehensively identifies the Scottish contribution to the settlement of North America prior to 1785, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth century.

Published by: University of Georgia Press

Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii-vii

I would like to acknowledge the assistance and advice received from many individuals and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, In particular 1 wish to acknowledge the help and advice of . . .

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

The subject of European emigration to and settlement in America has been of major interest not only to historians but to the public at large for well over a century, as evidenced by the many . . .

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Chapter One: The Emigrant Tradition (1607–60)

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pp. 9-37

Scotland is unique in Western Europe in experiencing a net population growth rate roughly at replacement level. This results not from a low birth rate or a high death rate but from a relatively . . .

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Chapter Two: The American Apprenticeship (1660–1707)

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pp. 38-80

Newfoundland • The imposition of the Navigation Acts during the 1650$ and i66os had a marked influence on English colonial trade. This was especially true in the case of Newfoundland, . . .

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Chapter Three: Transatlantic Opportunities (1707–63)

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pp. 81-134

Scottish emigration to and settlement in New England and what is now Canada was spasmodic and small scale during this period. Most settlement was occurriog within the colonies lying to the . . .

Chapter Four: Scottish America (1763–85)

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pp. 135-193

Epilogue

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pp. 194-195

Notes

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pp. 197-224

Bibliography

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pp. 225-241

Index

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pp. 243-266


E-ISBN-13: 9780820340784
E-ISBN-10: 0820340782
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820314921
Print-ISBN-10: 0820314927

Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 1994

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Subject Headings

  • United States -- Religion -- To 1800.
  • Protestantism -- France -- History.
  • Protestantism -- United States -- History.
  • United States -- Civilization -- French influences.
  • Camisards -- United States -- History.
  • Huguenots -- United States -- History.
  • United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
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