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Subject: German migration patterns
Date: Sat, 7 May 2005 21:15:46 +0200
Contrary to the popular conception, many Germans came to the Midwest without
going through New York. They came through Baltimore, Boston, and other
ports on the East Coast. And they often came as far as they could on water
- through the Great Lakes, or through New Orleans. Up to the time of the
Civil War, the best way to get to most of Minnesota was by water, which is
why the Saint Croix, Minnesota, and Mississippi river valleys were the first
to be settled.
The other popular misconception is that they landed in America without a
clear idea of where they would go once they got there. In reality, most
immigrants went to a relative or friend who helped them get set up with a
homestead or job.