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Immigration ReconsideredHistory, Sociology, and Politics$
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Virginia Yans-McLaughlin

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195055108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195055108.001.0001

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Migration in the Tropical World

Migration in the Tropical World

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(p.21) 1 Migration in the Tropical World
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Immigration Reconsidered
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Philip D. Curtin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195055108.003.0002

This chapter locates European and African migration to North America in the long continuum of migrations throughout thousands of years of human history. It connects the geographic locus of migration and the occurrence of slave migration, indenture contracts, and free migration to changing demands for forced and free labor at various stages of regional economic development. Although the United States was certainly a focal point for European migration, and the descendants of Africans are a significant part of its present population, the United States stood on the periphery of the slave trade, and absorbed less than 10% of its product. The great population movements throughout the tropical world and Asia that followed the abolition of the slave trade completely evaded North America. Not until after World War II did movements of tropical peoples from the Third World direct themselves to highly developed regions like North America and Europe.

Keywords:   Ellis Islands, tropical world, population movements, North America, European migration, African migration, slave trade

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