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The Sinclairs of Belfast and the United States Transatlantic business networks in the Victorian era

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 32, 2016


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by Dr William Roulston

In the course of the nineteenth century Belfast expanded at a phenomenal rate – in 1800 its population stood at

around 20,000; in 1911 it was 385,000, by some way the largest city in Ireland. The reason for its growth was down

to industrial expansion, and in particular the application of mechanisation to what had hitherto been largely

cottage industries