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Immigration and Emigration
Cornish engine house, Spain
There are almost 100 Cornish engine houses and associated structures at Linares, Spain.

© Richard Williams, Poldark Mine, Cornwall
I’m alright Jack

At one time it was said that if you looked down a hole anywhere in the world, you would find a Cornish “Cousin Jack” digging at the bottom. Mining was once the principal industry in Cornwall, and Cornish miners were some of the most skilled men in their trade, but they did not just confine their skills to their homeland. In the 19th Century they travelled the globe, helping to develop the mining industry worldwide.

Cornish communities took root in such far-flung places as California, Australia, South Africa, and Mexico. The miners took not only their expertise with them, but also their culture and customs - from wrestling to religion - many of which are still celebrated around the world today. More...

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