By David Conway
Examines the historical past of immigration to Britain, and notes that the small numbers all in favour of the earlier allowed for the neighborhood tradition to be successful. present tendencies of enormous scale immigration may possibly swap that.
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Although no such passage was discovered— not surprisingly since none exists—Cabot’s voyage did result in the ‘discovery’ of Newfoundland and New England, territories that England was to claim for itself. It was through its claim on the second of these territories that 44 FROM THE REFORMATION TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR England secured a toehold in the North American continent that was to prove so fateful in the succeeding centuries. The first immigrants to Britain who came as a result of these great sea voyages of early modernity, however, did not come from these newly discovered North American territories, despite a brief visit to London in 1616 by the native American ‘princess’ Pocahontas.
Such 34 FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE REFORMATION stories did little to enhance their popularity among the local population. Edward I made a half‐hearted attempt to regularise their settlement by opening other trades up to them besides money‐lending, after his father Henry had forbidden Jews from engaging in it. This attempt to regularise the settlement of the Jews in England was always destined to fail, since the opportunities for work in England offered to them remained hide‐bound and severely restricted.
That this never happened was, arguably, as much the result of fortune than of anyone’s design. Edgar’s son was the hapless Ethelred the ‘Unready’. Known as ‘the Confessor’ on account of his piety, this king Edward died in 1066 by which time Normandy had fallen under the rule of William, a grandson of its former Duke, Richard I. Despite his marriage to a daughter of the Earl of Wessex, Edward the Confessor died without heir. Supposedly, on his deathbed, he had nominated his brother‐in‐law Harold to succeed him.
A Nation of Immigrants?: A Brief Demographic History of Britain (CS58) by David Conway