Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America / Edition 1

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American historians have long been fascinated by the "peopling" of North America in the seventeenth century. Who were the immigrants, and how and why did they make their way across the ocean? Most of the attention, however, has been devoted to British immigrants who came as free people or as indentured servants (primarily to New England and the Chesapeake) and to Africans who were forced to come as slaves. Trade in Strangers focuses on the eighteenth century, when new immigrants began to flood the colonies at an unprecedented rate. Most of these immigrants were German and Irish, and they were coming primarily to the middle colonies via an increasingly sophisticated form of transport.
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Tells the story of fundamental changes in the process of populating America in the 1700s, showing how first the German system of immigration developed, and then how Irish immigration altered to adopt the same pattern, focusing especially on the Delaware Valley. Looks at how the sea transportation industry took shape in the middle decades of the 18th century to service and profit from migration flows from various European territories. Includes an appendix of German immigrant voyages, 1683-1775. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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“This monograph will be of interest to specialists in early American history and immigration history.”

—L. Scott Philyaw, History

Trade in Strangers is an important addition to the study of mass migration.”

—Nupur Chaudhuri, International Migration Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271018331
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne S. Wokeck is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. She was previously Associate Editor of The Papers of William Penn and director of the Biographical Dictionary of Pennsylvania Legislators.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: A New Form of Transatlantic Migration
1 German Long-Distance Migration 1
2 The Flow and Composition of German Immigration to the American Colonies 37
3 The Trade in Migrants 59
4 The Ordeal of Relocation 113
5 Irish Immigration to the Delaware Valley 167
Conclusion: A Model for the Modern Era 221
Appendix German Immigrant Voyages, 1683-1775 239
Selected Bibliography 277
Index 311
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