The Cornish in Latin America: ‘Cousin Jack’ and the New World

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Perhaps you have Cornish relatives in Latin America or ancestors who worked there? If so, this new book is a must read!

The long-awaited “The Cornish in Latin America: ‘Cousin Jack’ and the New World” - by Cornish mining migration specialist Dr Sharron P. Schwartz - sheds light on a little understood aspect of the mining migration story of the nineteenth century.

Dr Schwartz has produced an exhaustively researched but thoroughly readable work which recounts in detail how the Latin American mining fields of Peru, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Brazil and elsewhere became established, or were reshaped through the application of Cornish skills and technology, allied with British capital. Not content with documenting the impacts of the Cornish in communities throughout Latin America, Dr Schwartz also addresses the effects that this migration had on the many towns and villages across Cornwall from whence the migrants came.

"In this new and comprehensive study Sharron Schwartz stands considerably apart from her predecessors. A Redruth girl herself, her prime concern is with her fellow-Cornish overseas in Latin America; their adventures and achievements, their families, descendants and associates, their legacies matching those of the Scots in New Zealand or the Welsh in Patagonia."  

The late Professor Charles Thomas

This publication addresses a glaring gap in the literature covering Cornish-related migration studies. But more importantly, it demonstrates the significant Cornish contribution to the British development of nineteenth century Latin American mining resources, thus ensuring that the labour migrants from this small and remarkable region of Britain are finally recognised for their involvement in this process.

This year, 2016, marks the tenth anniversary of the inscription of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape onto the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site List; it is also the 200th anniversary of Richard Trevithick's arrival in Peru, an event which heralded the introduction of Cornish high-pressure steam engine technology to a mining field in Latin America and the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Latin America. 

It is particularly timely, therefore, that this important new work is being published at this juncture in association with the Cornubian Press. Comprising over 600 pages with many maps and photographs - the vast majority of which have not been published previously – “The Cornish in Latin America” is sure to be the standard work on this subject for many years to come.

“The Cornish in Latin America: ‘Cousin Jack’ and the New World” is limited to an edition of 200 and is available now, exclusively online from the Cornubian Press for £28 plus postage and packing (Paypal and credit/debit cards accepted). 

To order your copy - and to view sample chapters of the book - please see the Cornubian Press website here