From The Pennsylvania Gazette April 11, 1751: “When we see our Papers fill’d continually with Accounts of the most audacious Robberies, the most cruel Murders, and infinite other Villainies perpetrated by Convicts transported from Europe, what melancholly, what terrible Reflections must it occasion! What will become of our Posterity!—These are some of thy Favours, Britain! Thou … Continue reading How welcome was transportation in the colonies?
The Transportation Act 1717 introduced into the house of commons under the Whig government, legitimised transportation as a direct sentence. Clergyable felons, usually destined for branding on the thumb, and petty larceny convicts, usually destined for public whipping, were directly sentenced to transportation to the American colonies for seven years. A sentence of fourteen years … Continue reading Notes on Transportation
1743 27th June George II leads his army into battle. The Battle of Dettingen, at which the British allies defeated the French, was just one engagement in the War of the Austrian Succession. The war began in 1740, when Prussia invaded the Austrian region of Silesia, but its underlying causes were rival claims for the … Continue reading Historical Timeline (under construction)