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Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775

A. Roger Ekirch


During the 18th century, transportation to the colonies became Britain's foremost criminal punishment. From 1718 to 1775, British courts banished fifty thousand convicts. They formed the largest body of emigrants after African slaves ever compelled to go to America. A comprehensive account of the transportation in the years preceding the settling of Australia, this book combines analysis with a vivid narrative to provide new insights into the origins of crime and the treatment of offenders on both sides of the Atlantic.

Keywords: transportation, colonies, British criminal punishment, African slaves, Australian settlement, crime origins, treatment of offenders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202110
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. Roger Ekirch, author
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University