Christopher Columbus was the very embodiment of that dream.Classic examples were the various tech and IT startup in America back in the day. If you have something truly innovative and the business talent to match the idea with grit you'll make it. American dream (but also a dream of non-Americans too).
For many that was very true (John Smith come to mind) Others left as endentured servants (endentured for the price of their passage) while still others were running from legal problems.One of my ancestors was second son of a wealthy west country merchant. We're talking the king and court stayed with them when touring that part of the world wealthy if you know what that means. The second son got educated at cambridge but then needed a trade as he wouldn't inherit. Took the king's shilling as a surveyor and sailed to the new world and iirc Georgetown. Yes a an early settler.
He ended up bringing yeoman farmers over, paid for a barn and house materials then eventually ended up owning vast tracts of America and making more money than his brother inherited.
Basically left for America with only the money borrowed from his brother's allowance and a bit from the crown. While working for the king he lined his own pockets. Is that not part of the American dream? Certainly in the beginning at least.
Very true that he only landed on islands of the North American continental shelf, but never on the mainland. That said, he did land on what would become “American soil.” One of the islands he landed on (Puerto Rico) did become the US (very likely to become the 51st State) He also landed on St Croix (one of the Virgin Islands which also became the US)Columbus did not set foot on American ( what later became USA) soil?
Only on the Caribbean Islands.......
BTW when I typed "sorry, you're not native swedish" please note I didn't mean sorry as in it's a negative but it was an exclamation of surprise because you always came across to me as 100% Swedish born and bred. It clearly showed you were well assimilated indeed!No, but very well assimilated!
Austrian - Hungarian with French ancestry on one side, German- Bohemian with French ancestry on the other.
Unholy but Christian mix!
Mine (on mum's side) had to change country to keep theirs. The Frenchies had well lubricated guillotines!My ancestors changed their name to keep their heads.
A lot of wax cloth is still made in Dundee and used for numerous brands both famous and generic.The difference is most are also sewn overseas.
Good shout about Barbour. Premium British brand with all production made by a workforce of 149 in south shields I believe. I didn't expect that.
Aren't weatherman an American brand made outside America and victorinix (and their other brand Wenger) is made in ibach in Switzerland. They're very proud of never having let anyone go even in recessions. Sounds a good company. Either way I like victorinix but not leatherman, never had any doubt they weren't foreign made.
There's no British weaver of outdoors fabrics. I even understand ventile has been taken overseas with the original factory shooting down in Britain years ago. Italian company took it over I thought but no idea if made in Italy these days. I can believe it is because Italy has a lot of almost cottage industry.