Lead: Desperate to escape what they considered oppression by their landlords, beginning in the 1740s thousands of Scots broke the bonds of tradition and affection and laid course for the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina.
Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts
Content: Few social communities in early modern Europe were as loyal and devoted to their land and leaders as the people of northwestern Scotland. In their rugged mountains and wind-swept islands, these Highlander’s struggle for mere existence was intense. Families who hacked a bare living from the sometimes unforgiving soil were deeply loyal to their kinsmen and local chieftains. Yet, as the modern era matured changes that were taking place in the outside world began to affect the Highlands. Late in the 1600s the demand for beef in the urban lowlands and England ushered in the cattle droving business. Huge and highly profitable cattle drives helped concentrate wealth in the hands of an upper-class elite whose new wealth was based on cash.