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Emigration from Europe - Ports of Departure

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Colonial Powers and Emigration

SPAIN

PORTUGAL

NETHERLANDS

The maritime power of Holland was concentrated around the Zuiderzee (an inland sea). The early exploration ships left from these Zuiderzee ports: Amsterdam, Enkuizen, Hoorn... However, because of the low depth of the Zuiderzee seabed, large vessels had to sail by North Sea harbours such as Middelburg, Vlissingen and the 'rede' of Texel.

Emigration from Holland happened mainly through:

DENMARK

  • Copenhagen

GERMANY

  • Hamburg
  • Bremen

NORWAY

  • Bergen
  • Trondheim
  • Oslo (Christiania)

SWEDEN

FRANCE

  • Honfleur
  • Dieppe
  • La Rochelle. Over half of emigration through France to the Americas happened though the port of La Rochelle.

BRITAIN - UNITED KINGDOM

Modern Times

  • (Placeholder section. An excellent information source for European emigration between 1880-1952 are the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives. Jump to their passenger lists here.)