'Emigration, Detailing the Progress and Vicissitudes of an Emigrant!': 19th century
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'Emigration, Detailing the Progress and Vicissitudes of an Emigrant!':'Dedicated to all those who would leave their native Country to seek a better condition in a distant Foreign Land. Fifteen illustrations, accompanied by text, satirise a family's emigrating journey from England to America and Canada in search of promised land and a better life. In short the narrative illustrates leaving England, sailing ship, enduring disease and death on board, reaching their plot of wooded land, encountering the native wild animals from mosquitos to crocodiles to scorpions, twelve months of hard labour and another addition to the family, rat infestations, two years on despair at hopeless situation and lack of crops and money, wooden hut burns to the ground, fall into the hands of Cannibals but escape to return home to England 'Sans Money, Sans Friends, Sans Everything'.
1833 AD - 1833 n/a