I came across this term while reading a passage. Hers is a short extract from it:
Bernard Bailyn has recently reinterpreted the early history of the United States by applying new social research findings on the experiences of European migrants. In his reinterpretation, migration becomes the organizing principle for rewriting the history of preindustrial North America. His approach rests on four separate propositions.
The first of these asserts that residents of early modern England moved regularly about their countryside; migrating to the New World was simply a “natural spillover.” Although at first the colonies held little positive attraction for the English—they would rather have stayed home—by the eighteenth century people increasingly migrated to America because they regarded it as the land of opportunity. Secondly, Bailyn holds that, contrary to the notion that used to flourish in America history textbooks, there was never a typical New World community. For example, the economic and demographic character of early New England towns varied considerably.
- What is the meaning of the term "natural spillover" as used in the sentence? From my understanding, it can either be related to expansion or it can be related to expenditure (As the last line relates to economy)
- from the second paragraph i could understand that the ''New world' refers to north america's community? Is this correct?