Berry, Stephen R. A Path in the Mighty Waters: Shipboard Life and Atlantic Crossings to the New World

Berry, Stephen R. A Path in the Mighty Waters: Shipboard Life and Atlantic Crossings to the New World

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Berry, Stephen R. A Path in the Mighty Waters: Shipboard Life and Atlantic Crossings to the New World. Yale University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780300204230.

First printing. 336 pp. 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. New in new dust-jacket. Hardcover.  [4674]

A vivid and revealing portrait of shipboard life as experienced by eighteenth-century migrants from Europe to the New World

In October 1735, James Oglethorpes Georgia Expedition set sail from London, bound for Georgia. Two hundred and twenty-seven passengers boarded two merchant ships accompanied by a British naval vessel and began a transformative voyage across the Atlantic that would last nearly five months. Chronicling their passage in journals, letters, and other accounts, the migrants described the challenges of physical confinement, the experiences of living closely with people from different regions, religions, and classes, and the multi-faceted character of the ocean itself.

 Using their specific journey as his narrative arc, Stephen Berry's A Path in the Mighty Waters tells the broader and heretofore underexplored story of how people experienced their crossings to the New World in the eighteenth century.