Reasons For Immigration

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Reasons for immigration and how it is tied into the history of the USA The first recorded type of large immigration we saw to the American continent was in the colonial period, which started in the 1600s. There are four main phases of immigration to the USA, each of these brought distinct national groups, ethnicities and races to America. Immigration has been a major source of large population growth spurts and cultural changes in the USA. The main reasons for migration are poverty, war, oppression (political as well as religious) and economic reasons. All of these reasons are part of the history of immigrants that have come to the USA through time. Settlers of the Americas The first immigrants arrived in 1607 and founded the Colony…show more content…
The promise of cheap land was a major draw for the impoverished northern and Western Europeans who were not able to take advantage of the modernization of their home countries. A group of these people to take special note of are the indentured servants. These people were brought to the USA under a contract that required them to work for a certain amount of time without pay, but everything else would be provided for them, after their contract had run out they would be given a piece of land that they could freely farm and own. These people were usually religious or political refugees, convicts, paupers and in some cases even people kidnapped for the sole purpose of being used as indentured…show more content…
This period ushered the first era of mass migration to the USA, from the 1820s too the 1880s about 15 million immigrants arrived in the USA. Many of these people chose to take up a living in agriculture in the Midwest while others flocked to the cities such as Boston, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia, mostly to work in factories etc..
Factors in both the USA as well as Europe shaped this transition. In Europe most young men had just been discharged from military service due to the Napoleonic Wars being over, industrialization and agricultural consolidation was taking over, creating a new generation of young men that were not able to keep up with the new technologies available to employers and the Industry in general, and thus could not earn a living in the new order.
In the USA demand for immigrant labor skyrocketed for two main reasons: the settlement and exploration of the Midwest due to the now finished Erie canal in 1825 and the related rise of the port of New York City. At the same time first stirrings of industrialization was taking place in the USA, especially in the textile industry. Immigrants as usual tended to cluster in certain neighborhoods and areas dependent on their
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