England’s migrant crisis

In the 17th century, a combination of war, famine and religious hatred drove almost one in 10 English men and women across the Atlantic to the Americas. But, asks James Evans, were the emigrants' dreams of a better life in the New World realised?

The Pilgrim Fathers leaving Delft Haven on their voyage to America, July 1620. Image dates from 1878. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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