HISTORY + POLITICS

The Shifting Ebb and Flow of Transatlantic Migration

One family’s generational journey there and back again, and how it questions contemporary certainties

Matthew Clapham
Iberospherical
Published in
6 min readApr 10, 2024

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A black-and-white image of an old steamship, with a skyscraper-lined waterfront in the background
Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

Just over a century ago, a young man in rags — barely more than a boy — slipped unseen aboard a steamer moored in the Spanish port of Vigo. He had no…

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Matthew Clapham
Iberospherical

Professional translator by day. Writer of silly and serious stuff by night. Also by day, when I get fed up of tedious translations. Founder of Iberospherical.