Perish or Prosper: The Law and Convict Transportation in the British Empire, 1700–1850

  title={Perish or Prosper: The Law and Convict Transportation in the British Empire, 1700–1850},
  author={Bruce Kercher},
  journal={Law and History Review},
  pages={527 - 584}
  • B. Kercher
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • History
  • Law and History Review
For over 150 years from the early eighteenth century, convict transportation was a primary method of punishing serious crime in Britain and Ireland. Convicts were first sent to the colonies in North America and the Caribbean and then to three newly established Australian colonies on the other side of the world. Conditions were very different between the two locations, yet the fundamental law of transportation remained the same for decades after the process began in Australia. 

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