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Transportation from Britain and Ireland, 1615-1875

Maxwell-Stewart, H ORCID: 0000-0001-7336-0953 2018 , 'Transportation from Britain and Ireland, 1615-1875', in C Anderson (ed.), A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies , Bloomsbury Publishing Ple, London, pp. 183-210.

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Abstract

Despite recent research which has revealed the extent to which penal transportationwas employed as a labour mobilization device across the Western empires, the Britishremain the colonial power most associated with the practice. The role that convicttransportation played in the British colonization of Australia is particularly wellknown. It should come as little surprise that the UNESCO World Heritage listingof places associated with the history of penal transportation is entirely restricted toAustralian sites. The manner in which convict labour was utilized in the developmentof English (later British) overseas colonial concerns for the 170 years that proceededthe departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales in 1787 is comparatively neglected.There have been even fewer attempts to explain the rise and fall of transportation as aBritish institution from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Maxwell-Stewart, H
Keywords: penal transportation, convicts, slavery, indenture, military service, British Empire
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Ple
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Copyright 2018 Clare Anderson and contributors

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