A Land as Green as the Sea, Tom Radford traces his ancestors
over their 100 years of migration from Scotland. Brutal invastion
and lack of opportunity had driven his family out of Scotland. They
were farmers forced from their land by the English invasion of 1746.
They immigrated to America and received a land grant in Salem Massachusetts
in the 1760s. During the American Revolution, however, the family
was branded as traitors and they had to pull up their roots once again.
They went to Nova Scotia and then Upper Canada. In 1782 they received
an United Empire Loyalist land grant at two country roads called Yonge
and Bloor, but they sold the land and moved to Brantford. Again, they
didn't fit in. This time the problem was the stifling Family Compact,
the English-style aristocratic group that ruled Upper Canada society.
Finally, like thousands
of immigrants at the turn-of-the-century, Radford's ancestors headed
out to the Canadian West. After over a century of wandering, the
family had at last had found a new home. As Tom Radford's grandma
used to say: "Our family was kicked out of every place they'd ever
been before they settled in Alberta."
How does adaptability
play into the immigrant's search for a new place to call home?