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Europeans on the MoveStudies on European Migration 1500–1800$
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Nicholas Canny

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204190.001.0001

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The Irish Diaspora of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

The Irish Diaspora of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

(p.113) 6 The Irish Diaspora of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Europeans on the Move


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The Irish diaspora of the 17th and 18th centuries is different from that of the 19th century by virtue of its complexity. Irish emigration during those two centuries was especially complex because it flowed in so many different directions. This point is made manifest when one takes account of Irish settlement in the Amazon basin, continental North America, the West Indies, and Europe, in addition to a strong Protestant presence in the English East India Company and a powerful Catholic presence in the French East India Company. This mobility of the Irish is a complex phenomenon, explained by a mix of elements of dynamism, persecution, and poverty. This chapter explains how the three precipitating factors of dynamism, persecution, and poverty were interrelated in the Irish diaspora.

Keywords:   Ireland, diaspora, emigration, North America, West Indies, Europe, East India Company, dynamism, persecution, poverty

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