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Starting a new life by sea

Many have travelled to or from Britain by sea to escape poverty, persecution or to start a new life. Discover why they set out for a new life and how they travelled.
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Why people left Britain

Social or economic deprivation, religious persecution, or a desire to start a new life? Find out what motivated someone to leave home and travel around the world to settle.
 Why they left Britain
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How migrants travelled

With little money to spend, emigrants could not expect a luxury voyage. Learn what conditions were like for the in sailing ships, in steamers and in more modern passenger ships.
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Coming to Britain

People have moved to Britain for the same reasons others have left - to escape persecution or poverty, or to better themselves economically.
 Coming to Britain by ship
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Why people left Britain

Quick quiz
Many migrants travelled in steerage accommodation in ships. How does 'steerage' get its name?
 They had to share the space with steers (male oxen)
Migrants were steered (guided) there by the ship's crew
It was near the ship's steering gear

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