William Duane and his Visit to Colombia of 1823.
Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, 6 (2).
William Duane was born in 1760.
According to his own account, the birth
occurred in New York State, though
there is evidence that he was in fact born
in Newfoundland, a region which was in
regular contact with Southeast Ireland
during the eighteenth century (Little
2003). Born to Irish Catholic
parents, Duane left North America
before the Revolution. He was to spend
almost three decades outside of North
America; first in Ireland, followed by a
brief residence in England, and a spell in
India. When he returned to the United
States, approaching middle age, he faced
continual questioning from his political
opponents of his right to reside in the
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