The vision, enthusiasm and organization of Bartholomew Gosnold, of Otley, Suffolk, resulted in the Virginia Company and the settlement of Jamestown now 400 years ago.
A Depression-era crackdown on illegal immigrants even banished some native-born Americans. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were especially hard-hit by the roundups.
As colonial settlement thrived on the Atlantic seaboard, word spread through Britain that in the piedmont and mountains beyond the coast there was land for the taking. From the border counties of England and Scotland, and the Scots-Irish province of Ulster, they came to Appalachia.
By Claire Hopley
When the Restoration Parliament enacted the Clarendon Code, its restrictive provisions effectively criminalized the practice of the nonconformist church. In search of tolerance for themselves and others, through the late 1600s thousands of Quakers found a new life in the Delaware Valley.
As tensions between Parliament and the Crown heated toward what became the English Civil War, dissenting Puritans in the Eastern Counties sought refuge from economic hardship and religious persecution. To the shores of Massachusetts Bay they brought their spiritual ideals and way of life.