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Why the English Sailed to the New World

James Evans



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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
31 July 2018
'Marvellously engaging' The Times 'Brisk, informative and eye-opening' Daily Telegraph In the 1600s, vast numbers of people left England for the Americas. Crossing the Atlantic was a major undertaking, the voyage long and treacherous. Why did they go?

Emigrants casts vivid new light on the population shift which underpins the rise of modern America. Using contemporary sources including diaries, court hearings and letters, James Evans brings us the extraordinary personal stories of the men and women who made the journey of a lifetime.
By:   James Evans
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   276g
ISBN:   9781780221038
ISBN 10:   1780221037
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   31 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Evans completed a doctorate at Oriel College, Oxford, following a first-class degree and a Masters in Historical Research. He is a writer and producer of historical documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and the author of Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage of Discovery that Transformed Tudor England. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

Reviews for Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World

A marvellously engaging and comprehensive account of this ambitious undertaking and the men and women who accomplished it, often with the odds stacked against them. Here he tells the exciting, sometimes heartbreaking stories of the pioneers and explains what kind of world they dreamt of creating - The Times Gripping and enjoyable ... In a lucid, well-written and solidly researched analysis, Evans teases out the mixed and complicated reasons that so many people were compelled to make the risky sea voyage to a perilous wilderness - Church Times

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