The Saga of Early Norwegian Immigrants, by Odd. S. Lovoll.
Lovoll explores how Quebec, Montreal, and other port cities in Canada became the gateway for Norwegian immigrants to North America, replacing New York as the main destination from 1850 until the late 1860’s. During those years, 94 percent of Norwegian immigrants landed in Canada. After the introduction of free trade, Norwegian sailing ships carried timber from Canada to the British Isles and emigrants on the return trip. The vast majority of newcomers crossed Canada to their final destination in the Upper Midwest. A personal story of the emigrant experience passed down as family lore is retold here, supported by extensive research. The journey south and settlement in the Upper Midwest completes a highly human narrative of the travails, endurance, failures, and successes of people who sought a better life in a new land.
Paperback, 212pp. 2015