In the beginning of the 17th century the Scottish people faced religious prosecution and English control, many fled to the Americas to find their freedoms, others were forced Because of hostile clan wars and the country’s political problems ("The Original Scots Colonists of Early America" 1612 - 1783, Dobson). Many Scotts were deported as criminals and banished to the Americas, forced to work for English plantation owners until they could buy their freedom (Scotland Guide - Scottish History - Scots emigration/immigration to the US." Stevens). Because of the strict clan system that the Scottish live under, when one member of the clan immigrated to the Americas, the other members of the clan would normally fallow, by the time of the
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Catholic believers frowned upon this and many fights broke out between neighbors. The Presbyterians were banned from selling/giving away their Bible, preaching their beliefs to the public, and they were barred from holding major civil and military offices (“Religious persecution” Walker). Even though a vast majority of Scotts had Presbyterian belief and faced stereotypical remarks, others rose above and achieved many great accomplishments. Some of the ‘Patriot” Scotts that helped fight against the British, became so known, and successful, that they signed the Declaration of Independence. The names of such Scottish descendant leaders are Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, James Buchanan, John K. Polk, William Drummond, Hugh Mercer, many other Scotsmen can be found throughout the pages of American history ("Scotland Guide - Scottish History - Scots emigration/immigration to the US." Stevens).
Scottish people who fell below the radar and did not become famous or encounter prosecution were known to lead the pioneer wagons in western explorations. Many people from other ethnic backgrounds felt safer with Scottish men in their parties, because they were fierce fighters and thought to be able to “brawl” with the Native Americans in order to keep them at bay (“Religious persecution” Walker). Not only could they handle themselves against the Native Americans but, because of their Scottish