The Mennonites of America

Paperback | January 5, 2012

byC. Henry Smith

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V THE PEQUEA COLONY The German immigration into Pennsylvania, and especially Mennonite immigration, for the first twenty years was not very large. The first settlers, as we have seen, came largely from the Lower Rhine country. But in 1710 began a second and much greater wave, which during the next seventy five years was to bring in round numbers nearly 100,000 Germans into the province, and which was to form the basis of that picturesque element of the population of Pennsylvania which we today know as the Pennsylvania Dutch. These people came from the Upper Rhine country, the region called the Palatinate, including, roughly speaking, the southwestern part of present Germany. Among the first to arrive was a small colony of Mennonites who located on the banks of the Pequea, a branch of the Susquehanna in what is now Lancaster county. In order to understand the causes of this steady inflow of the Palatines it is necessary that we know something about the conditions prevailing at that time in the land from which they came. During the greater part of the seventeenth century there Unrest in the had been much distress and unrest Palatinate among the people of the Palatinate, due very largely to the wars and religious disturbances of the period. This region, situated as it was, on the borders between France and the German states, in the very heart of Europe, was made the battlefield for many of the great wars of the century. Throughout the entire Thirty Years' War the armies of the opposing parties played havoc with the lives and possessions of the wretched Palatines. The year 1638 marked the climax of their misery. Rapine, plunder and fire were followed by famine and pestilence. The people tried to satisfy hunger with roots, grass and leaves; even cannibalism becam...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V THE PEQUEA COLONY The German immigration into Pennsylvania, and especially Mennonite immigration, for the first twenty years wa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217093841

ISBN - 13:9780217093842

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