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Russian immigration Published: February 26, 2011
Though Russia controlled parts of the modern United States and Canada, it left relatively little cultural mark during its early 19th-century settlement of the Pacific Northwest.
Royal African Company Published: February 26, 2011
In 1672, the Royal African Company was granted a monopoly in the British slave trade in order to ensure an adequate labor force for the plantations of the Caribbean and the southern colonies of the Atlantic seaboard of North America.
Romanian immigration Published: February 26, 2011
Most ethnic Romanians from the Ottoman, Austrian, and Russian Empires and the state of Romania came as laborers and peasants and sought work wherever they could find it in North America.
Ole Edvart Rølvaag (1876–1931) author, educator Published: February 26, 2011
Ole Rølvaag became one of the premier chroniclers of the Norwegian immigrant experience in the United States.
Roanoke colony Published: February 26, 2011
The Roanoke colony, established as a business venture by Sir Walter Raleigh, was the first English settlement in the New World.
Jacob Riis (1849–1914) journalist, author Published: February 26, 2011
An immigrant himself, Jacob Riis became one of the first progressive photojournalists in the United States, drawing the public’s attention to the plight of poor immigrants living in U.S. cities.
Rhode Island colony Published: February 26, 2011
From the establishment of Providence Plantation by Roger Williams in 1636, Rhode Island was known as the refuge of dissident troublemakers.
Revolutions of 1848 Published: February 26, 2011
Throughout 1848, a series of liberal revolutions swept across most of western and central Europe, offering the promise of greater political and religious freedoms.
Religion and immigration Published: February 26, 2011
The quest for religious freedom has played an important role in immigration to North America from the 17th century to the present day.
Refugee status Published: February 26, 2011
A refugee is a special category of immigrant not subject to regular immigration quotas.
Refugee Relief Act (United States) (1953) Published: February 26, 2011
Enacted on August 7, 1953, the Refugee Relief Act (RRA) authorized the granting of 205,000 special nonquota visas apportioned to individuals in three classes, along with accompanying members of their immediate family...
Refugee Act (United States) (1980) Published: February 26, 2011
The Refugee Act of 1980 formed the basis of refugee policy in the United States until 1996.
Red River colony Published: February 26, 2011
The Red River colony, established by THOMAS DOUGLAS, Lord Selkirk, in 1812, was the first farming settlement in western British North America.
Sir Walter Raleigh (ca. 1552–1618) Published: February 26, 2011
Although a man of many accomplishments, Sir Walter Raleigh is best known as an explorer and the founder of Roanoke colony (1585), England’s first colonial settlement in the Americas.
Railways and immigration Published: February 26, 2011
Railways were integral to immigration in several ways.