The Cornish in Latin America

The Cornish in Latin America: ‘Cousin Jack’ and the New World – by Cornish mining migration specialist Dr Sharron P. Schwartz – sheds fascinating new light on an underexplored chapter of Cornwall’s nineteenth century ‘Great Migration’

This exhaustively researched but thoroughly readable work recounts in detail how the Latin American mining fields of Peru, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and elsewhere became established, or were reshaped through the application of Cornish skills and technology, allied with British capital. Not content with documenting the impacts of the Cornish in communities throughout Latin America, Dr Schwartz also addresses the effects that this migration had on the many towns and villages across Cornwall whence the migrants came.

“In this new and comprehensive study Sharron Schwartz stands considerably apart from her predecessors. A Redruth girl herself, her prime concern is with her fellow-Cornish overseas in Latin America; their adventures and achievements, their families, descendants and associates, their legacies matching those of the Scots in New Zealand or the Welsh in Patagonia.”  

The late Professor Charles Thomas

This publication addresses a glaring gap in the literature covering Cornish-related migration studies. But more importantly, it demonstrates the significant Cornish contribution to the British development of nineteenth century Latin American mining resources, thus ensuring that the labour migrants from this small and remarkable region of Britain are finally recognised for their involvement in this process.

2016 marked the tenth anniversary of the inscription of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape onto the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site List; it is was also the 200th anniversary of Richard Trevithick’s arrival in Peru, an event which heralded the introduction of Cornish high-pressure steam engine technology to a mining field in Latin America and the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Latin America. 

It is therefore particularly timely that this important new work is being published at this juncture in association with the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Comprising over 600 pages with many maps and photographs – the vast majority of which have not been published previously – The Cornish in Latin America is sure to be the standard work on this subject for many years to come.

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“The Cornish in Latin America: ‘Cousin Jack’ and the New World” is limited to an edition of 200, and is available exclusively online from the Cornubian Press

640 pages softback 155mm by 233mm 

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