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To The Outskirts of Habitable Creation: Americans and Canadians Transported to Tasmania in the 1840s

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One of American history's "lost stories," To the Outskirts of Habitable Creation is the fascinating account of American and Canadian convicts exiled to an Australian penal colony. In 1837 an armed rebellion at Toronto against the colonial administration of British Canada spilled across the border, and U.S. citizens joined the cause. The so-called "Patriot War" kept the frontier in a climate of fear and uncertainty as a series of battles in Canadian territory continued throughout...

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To The Outskirts of Habitable Creation: Americans and Canadians Transported to Tasmania in the 1840s

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One of American history's "lost stories," To the Outskirts of Habitable Creation is the fascinating account of American and Canadian convicts exiled to an Australian penal colony. In 1837 an armed rebellion at Toronto against the colonial administration of British Canada spilled across the border, and U.S. citizens joined the cause. The so-called "Patriot War" kept the frontier in a climate of fear and uncertainty as a series of battles in Canadian territory continued throughout 1838 in the hope of instigating political change.

With the failure of each attempt to cross into Canada and revive the Rebellion, combatants were taken into custody. Trials resulted in hangings, acquittals, or pardons. One group of ninety-two prisoners, however, was sentenced to penal transportation for life in Australia's far distant island of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).

Drawing on a wide variety of letters, diaries, and personal reminiscences, the author tells the story through the experiences of men and women who lived it. To the Outskirts... is more than the story of the Rebellion of 1837. It is also the story of one woman's tenacious audacity that saved some of the men facing the gallows for their actions in the conflict.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781475976724
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/2013
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    Excellent Account of 1837 Rebellion

    'To the Outskirts of Habitable Creation' is a very readable and scrupulously researched account of the actual invasion of Canada by American citizens in 1837. Known variously as the Rebellion of 1837, or the Patriot's War, this episode in Canadian/American history is fascinating, and perhaps less generally known. This book is written by Stuart Scott, a retired university professor. It covers events leading up to the invasion, the capture and trial of the participants thru to punishment. Many of the participants were executed, however 92 Canadian 'Patriots' and American citizens were transported half-way around the world to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and penal servitude for life. After 4 long years, most were ultimately pardoned, and returned home to resume their lives. 'To the Outskirts...' contains a large amount of specific information about the participants, so someone interested in geneaology would find this book to be an excellent resource. Having lived in Western New York for quite a few years, the book was particulary enjoyable as many of the locations and actual buildings are still in existance. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in early relations between Canada and the USA.

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