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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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