Sunday, August 2, 2015

Goodby to a Diverse and Wonderful City

The fact that Liverpool is a port city has contributed to its ethnically diverse population was drawn from a number of cultures, and religions.

Liverpool is home to Britain's oldest Black community, dating from at least the 1730s.  Some Black Liverpudlians are able to trace their ancestors in the city back ten generations. Early Black settlers included seamen, the children of traders sent to be educated, and former slaves, since slaves entering the country after 1722 became free men.

The city is also home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe.  Liverpool's first Chinese residents were 19th century seamen who jumped ship.  The gateway to Liverpool's Chinatown is the largest gateway outside of China.

The Irish Famine resulted in two million Irish people migrating to Liverpool in the space of one decade.  While many left for the US, many others never left the city of Liverpool.  By 1851, more than 20 per cent of the population of Liverpool was Irish. 

This diverse city is full of life, humor, irony, fun and a joy of just being alive.  Well worth a visit. 

No comments:

Post a Comment