Did Your Ancestors Go Back to England?

Contrary to popular belief, not every journey from England to the New World in the 1600’s was a one-way trip. Ships went back and forth between the North American and European continents with regularity once colonization began. While most colonists did come to stay and never went back to England, the same cannot be said for everyone. Some made their permanent home in the New World, but became mariners, going back and forth to England many times to do trade. During these trips, they would visit relatives and take care of family business in the “old country.” Others came to the colonies for a little while, then decided it was not for them and returned to England permanently. What did your ancestor do?

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