Great Migration

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The Great Migration describes the early wave of European immigrants to New England in the years roughly between 1620-1640.

In the largest wave, there were upwards of 20,000 English migrating to New England between 1630 and 1640. As a rough estimate

about fifteen percent of immigrants to New England arrived in the fourteen years from 1620-1633, with the remaining eighty-five

percent coming over half as many years, from 1634 to 1640.

The Arbella was one of the first ships to cross in the Great Migration. The Arbella crossed from Southhampton England to Salem between March 22 and

June 12, 1630. Among the noteworthy passengers were Gov. Winthrop, Richard Saltonstall, future Gov. Dudley and Anne Bradstreet (first published American

poet). The ship was named for a prominent puritan, Lady Arbella Johnson, who was on board with her husband Isaac.


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