Two letters (on the same piece of paper), headed 'Bala', from Michael D[aniel] Jones to a Liverpool firm Me[ss]rs Ismay, Irim and Co, relating to the passage of emigrants to the Welsh colony of Patagonia.
Michael D Jones
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The history of Welsh emigration to the Americas stretches from the seventeenth century to the present day. The reasons for emigration were varied: some hoped to gain religious freedom, others sought an improvement in their economic situations. America was seen as a land of opportunity where the political and cultural lives of individuals could be freely expressed and built upon. Welsh people have settled in most areas of the United States. There are also closely-knit communities in Patagonia and Canada. It was mainly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which saw the greatest movement of Welsh people to the Americas. 89,603 Welsh settled in the US between 1820 & 1950: all but 5,500 did so between 1850 & 1930.
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Transferred from LIS Rare Books Room to in June 1999.
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