British Emigrants and the Making of the Anglosphere: Some Observations and a Case Study

  • Eric Richards
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


The purpose of this chapter is to depict the broad flows of people out of the British Isles at various moments in the past 400 years, initially as a panoramic overview, and then presenting as an exemplar a case study of South Australia. These migrants played a decisive role in the creation of the Anglosphere—America as well as the British world—but fluctuations in migration rates over time were matched by a great unevenness in the origins of British emigration. Sometimes certain regions (such as the Scottish Highlands, Ulster and Cornwall) dominated the exoduses. At times, England was a great donor, at others much less generous. The recruitments for South Australia in particular were biased towards London, the south-east of England and the south-west, areas probably benefiting from their proximity to the planning offices of the colony. Additionally, the South Australian case illustrates how the intervention of the Wakefieldian scheme to subsidise migration and to channel labour incentives worked out in practice, using recruiting agencies (and premiums) to stimulate flows to the colony.


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  • Eric Richards
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  1. 1.Late of Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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