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Norwegian emigration to America 1825-1939

More than 800 000 Norwegians crossed the Atlantic in the period 1825-1939. Although a large percentage went back home, this emigration left traces in Norway - not to mention the traces Norwegians have left in the US.

Tømmermannsfanen fra Bradbenken, Bergen, 1868. Foto: Bergens Sjøfartsmuseum

"Tømmermannsfanen" from Bradbenken, Bergen, 1868. Photo: Bergen Maritime Museum

In this exhibition you can read about why they chose to emigrate, what happened when they came to this new, unknown continent, and about the dangerous voyages.

In 1825, the first ship with emigrants sailed from Stavanger to New York. The 52 emigrants established the first Norwegian settlement in America. Although ten years passed before the next ship with emigrants crossed the Atlantic, this was still the beginning of an emigration only Ireland can compete with!

The exhibition is found here: http://digitalarkivet.no/utstilling/eng/main.htm

The exhibition is divided into three parts, as you see from the links to your left: Norway, The Crossing, and USA. Each part contains an introductory text with pictures and diverse links. It is up to you if you want to study one subject deeper and follow the links. By clicking on the pictures a new window will appear with a larger view of the picture. There will often be a history in connection with the picture. If you want to return to the main window, you either close the smaller one or minimize it. In addition to the three parts, there is a statistical survey with year reviews. There you will find a diagram of the emigration, year by year, as well as an index to the events of every year.