Posted by Elaine on October 14, 1999 at 16:27:22:
In Reply to: Re: Gayle! Have you found anything? posted by Danalee Lavelle-Burroughs on October 14, 1999 at 14:57:20:
: Kim: I have a bit on Irish immigration on my website. Regarding indentured servitude, for American colonists, they would have been English, Irish or Scottish (Cameron is a Scottish clan name) and most who found themselves indentured had been arrested in England for some crime or because of poverty/bankruptcy. Some folks were actually kidnapped in England and transported to America for use as a labor force in the burgeoning agricultural economy of the colonies. An interesting parallel history is that of Australia. If it hadn't been for our revolution we would have been the recipient, rather than Van Diemen's Land (Australia) of the thousands of convicts shipped off to Botany Bay. The 1790s saw a proliferation of 'transportation' as an English answer to incarceration because their prisons were overflowing. So, indentured servitude was, in many cases, a forerunner to this. Thank God our ancestors booted the English out when they did...
I just took a quick run through your web site ... wow! It's excellent! History, genealogy, family tribute, IRELAND ...
Really nice job! I want to go back & read through completely as soon as time permits.
Thanks for posting it.
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