Although Scots are known to have ventured to Latin America as early as 1540 (mostly as soldiers of fortune), emigration from Scotland to Latin America only began in earnest after Spanish power in the western hemisphere began to wane. Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, demobilized soldiers and sailors, Scots among them, flocked to aid the Latin American revolutionaries in their fight for liberty from Spain. Spain’s ouster removed restrictions on immigration, with the result that Scottish passengers and investors flocked to the area. David Dobson’s latest volume on Scottish emigration is the first work to enumerate the members of this 19th-century exodus.
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