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Immigration and Emigration
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The Petworth emigration experiment

Throughout history, the impact of war has not just been felt by the fighting forces, around times of conflict, the very fabric of society has suffered too. When the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815, foreign corn was again imported to the British markets after the wartime embargo. This forced down the price of wheat.

Rural landowners lobbied Parliament to protect their profits, by establishing a standard cost for British corn before foreign corn could be imported duty free. This made the cost of bread expensive for the poorer workers. But the anger of many rural labourers boiled over. Attempting to suppress the reaction, a scheme was introduced in Sussex, that many thought, a draconian measure, to combat post war deprivation - "assisted" emigration. More...

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