Posted by Al Schweikert on 21 JAN 2014 16:8:29
Dear Michele, no work on the island and young men were bored. Another reason was that bored young men were conscripted easily into the military. My great grandfather headed to New York, his brothers went to New Orleans and his other relatives ended up in Tampa. They started communities and invited other relatives. I was told that with the end of slavery they needed cheap labor in the South and factory workers in the north. Regular and inexpensive ship destinations to bring in labor.