The Immigration of Germans to the United States of America

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Page 1 The Immigration of Germans to the United States of America Christopher Bolte ETH/125 April 10, 2011 Michael Moats
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Page 3 German Quakers immigrated to the Philadelphia area in 1683 on the ship America and established Germantown, according to spartacus.com . A lawyer from Krefeld named Francis Daniel Pastorius was the first to immigrate. He was forced to leave Germany because of religious beliefs and soon arranged for twelve other families to sail over on a ship called the Concord . On November 16, 1684, Pastorius became Germantown’s burgomaster and the town became the first in Philadelphia to hold a fair. Germantown’s primary concentration was on producing cloth and they were good at it, with considerable quantities being sold to New York and Boston. Francis Daniel Pastorius did not believe in slavery and in Germantown, it was banned. He also campaigned against it in other German colonies in America. It was not until the 18 th century however, that German emigration to America took place in significant numbers. By this time, the British government began encouraging German Protestants to make the move and settle in America, prompting over 13,500 immigrants to reach England. A large number that were Roman Catholics were turned back. With over crowded
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This note was uploaded on 08/12/2011 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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