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Scotland – Its Unique Story Part 8

As can be seen from the previous pages there had been emigration from Scotland in previous times but in the last two centuries this emigration has reached new levels. The primary move was to  North America from the 1700’s onwards and from then on Scots increasingly moved in to the wider world. Though primarily to North America there was also a considerable movement to other areas such as Australasia. As in earlier periods this resulted in new ideas and technologies coming back in to Scotland and Scots also learning them directly and applying them back in Scotland. There was also new materials and foodstuffs coming back in to Scotland which were a tremendous boost to the economy as in sugar from the West Indies and tobacco from Virginia and the Carolinas. There was a large=scale immigration in to these areas from Scotland particularly from the Highlands.