After the Hector - The Scottish Pioneers of Nova
Scotia and Cape Breton 1773- 1852.
Price: $27.99 CAD
This is the first fully documented and detailed account,
produced in recent times, of one of the greatest early migrations of Scots to
North America. The arrival of the Hector in 1773, with nearly 200 Scottish
passengers, sparked a huge influx of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.
Thousands of Scots, mainly from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the
province during the late 1700s and the first half of the nineteenth century.
Lucille Campey traces the process of emigration and explains why Scots chose
their different settlement locations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Much
detailed information has been distilled to provide new insights on how, why and
when the province came to acquire its distinctive Scottish communities.
Challenging the widely held assumption that this was primarily a flight from
poverty, After the Hector reveals how Scots were being influenced by positive
factors, such as the opportunity for greater freedoms and better livelihoods.
The suffering and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have cast a long
shadow over earlier events, creating a false impression that all emigration had
been forced on people. Hard facts show that most emigration was voluntary,
self-financed and pursued by people expecting to improve their economic
prospects. A combination of push and pull factors brought Scots to Nova Scotia,
laying down a rich and deep seam of Scottish culture that continues to flourish.
Extensively documented with all known passenger lists and details of over three
hundred ship crossings, this book tells their story.
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