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Notes of an exile to Van Dieman's Land [sic]

Date: 1846
Overall: 204 x 137 x 30 mm, 0.45 kg
Medium: Marbled boards, gilt on leather, Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00017082
Place Manufactured:New York

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    Induced into helping their Canadian counterparts gain freedom from the British, American citizens formed the Patriot's Army and participated in the Upper Canada rebellion of 1837-1838. They were captured and subsequently transported to Van Diemen's Land as political prisoners, arriving in 1840.
    SignificanceThis is a rare narrative of a Canadian exile transported for rebellion in 1837 - 1838, and is of interest for both Australian and North American connections.
    HistoryThe Canadian rebellions of 1837 involved the separate uprisings of French-Canadians in Lower Canada, and Canadians and Americans in Upper Canada. Both areas wanted reforms in the British colonial rule. The American citizens involved believed in democracy and were eager to see their northern neighbours achieve independence from the British as they themselves had done in the 18th century. The Lower Canada uprising was better organised and sustained than the Upper Canada rebellion; this action was more a series of border raids launched from the United States.

    While the British were able to crush the rebellions and capture many of the leaders, they ultimately awarded the Canadians greater self-government, which resulted in the union of the separate provinces in 1867.

    Linus Miller, an American citizen who participated in the Canadian rebellion of 1837-1838, was transported to the penal colonies in Van Diemen's Land. He was one of nine political activists who published accounts of their experiences. It is a vivid first-hand narrative of the rebellion, his trial, conviction, and transportation, life in the penal colony, and subsequent pardon and return home.
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    Web title: Notes of an exile to Van Dieman's Land [sic]


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