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Scotch-Irish Immigration in America Immigration into America has shaped and molded us into who we are today Without groups such as the Scotch-Irish English Dutch etc America would not be the great melting pot that it has now become Each of these cultures brought with them a sense of religion culture and spirit They took a chance to better themselves leaving everything that was remotely comfortable in their life behind bringing with them great hope to the New World One such group is the Scotch-Irish The Scotch-Irish history begins with the Scots in the 1600s By the end of 1600 Europe was at the end of the Renaissance but Scotland had not taken part in the resurgence of learning and culture It was still a primitive wild country one of the poorest in Europe Poor soil and backward farming methods frequent border wars with England and the wildness of the isolated Highlanders had all contributed to Scotlands slow development Leyburn The colonization of Ulster began in the 17th Century British monarchs had been trying unsuccessfully for hundreds of years to subdue Ireland but it was not until 1603 that the Ulster Irish finally surrendered to the Englishman Lord Mountjoy In 1609 James I informed the Scots that they could participate in this colonization of Ulster Many Scotsmen felt they could overcome their poverty and the fact that the landlords in Ireland were more willing to extend longer leases to farmers than the landlords in Scotland were willing to do Leyburn In 1717 the Great Migration commenced The term Scotch-Irish originated in the mid-eighteenth century in America to distinguish the Ulster Presbyterian emigrants of Scottish ancestry from other Irish settlers in the colonies It has been asserted that during that time frame approximately one-third the Presbyterian population of Ireland migrated to British North America Jackson 61-62 The Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745 saw a great number of people enter into America
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