As someone who tends to read fiction over fact and often gives up on this sort of book half way through , I ve been surprised to find myself captivated by this book It s fascinating The tale of this often overlooked gap in history is told through the stories of individuals, each of whom represents a type of emigrant As these stories patchwork together you begin to see the shape of the America that was to come, and realise the importance these early settlers in shaping a country quite different from the England they d left behind.Light in tone, well written, easy to read and highly enjoyablemy husband has asked to read it next And I ll be giving it as a Christmas present. AN EVENING STANDARD NO BESTSELLER Marvellously Engaging THE TIMES Brisk, Informative And Eye Opening DAILY TELEGRAPHDuring The Course Of The Seventeenth Century Nearly , People Left Britain For The Americas, Most Of Them From England Crossing The Atlantic Was A Major Undertaking, The Voyage Long And Treacherous There Was Little Hope Of Returning To See The Friends And Family Who Stayed Behind Why Did So Many Go A Significant Number Went For Religious Reasons, Either On The Mayflower Or As Part Of The Mass Migration To New England Some Sought Their Fortunes In Gold, Fish Or Fur Some Went To Farm Tobacco In Virginia, A Booming Trade Which Would Enmesh Europe In A New Addiction Some Went Because They Were Loyal To The Deposed Stuart King, While Others Yearned For An Entirely New Ambition The Freedom To Think As They Chose Then There Were The Desperate Starving And Impoverished People Who Went Because Things Had Not Worked Out In The Old World And There Was Little To Lose From Trying Again In The New EMIGRANTS Casts Light On This Unprecedented Population Shift A Phenomenon That Underpins The Rise Of Modern America Using Contemporary Sources Including Diaries, Court Hearings And Letters, James Evans Brings To Light The Extraordinary Personal Stories Of The Men And Women Who Made The Journey Of A Lifetime historically interesting, easy to read Terribly written gratuitously politically correct and turgid with unnecessary context. Brilliant read which filled in a lot of my knowledge gaps. Really interesting and a good addition to my knowledge of American history Purchased as a gift Very well written and a fascinating subject. Book arrived in good shape Nice book.Thank you.