Passenger Vessels Act 1803


Passenger Vessels Act 1803

In 1803, the British Parliament passed the "Passenger Vessels Act". It was the first of many laws intended to regulate the transportation of immigrants and to protect emigrants on board ships from exploitation by transportation companies (such as exorbitant rates and consequent subjection to poor sanitary conditions). The "Passenger Act" required improved conditions relating to hygiene, food and comfort for passengers travelling to North America. However, this law was not always followed by transportation providers and the spread of contagious diseases such as typhus continued.

References

* [http://www.collectionscanada.ca/immigrants/021017-2131-e.html Moving Here, Staying Here: The Canadian Immigrant Experience] at Library and Archives Canada


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