Uh Policon, if I have to keep this up, I am going to send you an invoice for tutelage.You have to remember that they did start off as a penal colony - so of course their sympathies are going to rest with the criminally bent . . . .They have to defend their own
I am shocked that you are so lacking in your own history.
Tsk tsk, dear sir...first American civics, now American history. Should I call Linda in here to correct your grammar as well?The historical record is this: in the 17th and 18th centuries England transported some 50,000 convicts to the American colonies where they were sold into servitude, usually for seven years. Of that number the historian A. Roger Ekirch estimates that 36,000 came from England, 13,000 from Ireland and 700 from Scotland (Bound for America. The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775, Oxford, 1987, p. 27).
Convict transportation to the American colonies was effectively ended by the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 which forced England to use the newly "discovered" land of Australia as a dumping ground for convicts.
For 81 years, beginning in 1787, England transported some 160,000 manacled convicts in sailing ships on a 16,000 mile voyage to Australia; in the dark holds of the ships which ferried this human cargo there were 39,000 convicts from Ireland, 30,000 men and 9,000 women (Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, New York, 1987, p. 195).
Oh yes, almost forgot. In 1900, at Federation, Australia's population was just over 3.7 million. Of that number,. less than 190,000 were convicts, or the descendants of convicts. The greatest influx of migrants was after the end of WW2...under the ideal of "emigrate or perish".
Many of those who had "served their term" chose to stay instead...and thrived in a growing and plentiful land.
And, just to magnify your seemingly pitiful grasp of history, may I remind you that many of those transported were the poor, the huddled masses, the starving who stole bread to live, children who had no parents and were thrown onto ships to be deported.
What school was unfortunate enough to have you as a pupil?...or didnt they actually TEACH any real history back then?
It's hilarious....I know more about your law and your history than you do.
Last edited by Sonnabend; 06-23-2009 at 08:54 AM.
I can think of 117 people who would disagree with you....you could discuss it with them I suppose...oh wait...Thats what you don't get. We will back a man that was elected and does the right thing
Thank you professor Sonnabounce!
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