Bound for America : The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775Paperback
Bound for America : The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775
by A.Roger Ekirch (Author)
During the eighteenth 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.
The first comprehensive account of the transportation in the years preceding the settling of Australia, Bound for America combines analysis with a vivid narrative to provide new insightsinto the origins of crime and the treatment of offenders on both sides of the Atlantic.