Spring 2016 - HIST 448 D100

STT-Scots in North America (4)

Class Number: 5855

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 5 – Apr 11, 2016: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.



An introduction to the history of Scottish migration to North America from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Key topics will include native/newcomer relationships, imperialism, slavery, settlement, colonial development, North American identities, and the broader context of Scottish immigration throughout the globe.


This course is an investigation of the history of Scottish migration to North America. From the 17th to the 20th centuries North America was the most popular destination for both temporary and permanent Scottish migrants. In North America, we find Scots engaged in such activities as farming, the military, colonial administration, indentured servitude, slave trading, plantation ownership and management, and politics. After the American Revolution, Scottish emigrants to North America began settling almost exclusively in Canada and made a significant impact on the development of Canadian settler society. As such, students of this course will explore native/newcomer relationships, imperialism, slavery, settlement, colonial development, and North American identities. Students will also assess Scottish migration to North America in the broader context of global history including comparisons with Asia, Australasia, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. By placing Scottish settlement within its broader contexts, students will test and debate themes present in the history of global migration.

Format:   The class meets once per week, where we will examine a weekly historical problem related to the course. This course will include a trip to a local archive and group contributions to the Scots in BC webpage.


  • Seminar participation 25%
  • Website entry 20%
  • Essay proposal and annotated bibliography 15%
  • Research Essay 40%



  T.M. Devine, Scotland’s Empire, 1600-1815. Penguin, 2003.

Additional readings will be made available online

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