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To: gleeaikin
German settlers in N America antedated the notorious Hessians -- a number of the latter though wound up staying to settle after The Revolution (or at least, their part in it) was over. The haven for religious freedom was particularly important as motivation to risk a 3000 mile Atlantic crossing. Much later, late-19th c, there was a wave of German Catholics who emigrated to escape the kulturkampf and they were not alone -- there was a belief among Germans that the three wars Otto von Bismarck had used to weld the independent realms into one German Empire were just the beginning of internal and external wars. Turned out that Bismarck was a genius and built a system of treaties and alliances that kept the peace in (most of) Europe for over forty years.

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152 posted on 10/09/2010 8:08:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Re Ressians, years ago when we lived in NJ, my father told me of a group of people living on the north Jersey/PA or NY border called the Jackson “Whites”. He said these were AWOL Hessian soldiers who hid in the back woods and ended up marrying/? Indians and escaped/owned? Black slaves.

Family history, my grandfather was a marine engineer in Bismarck’s navy. Apparently he did not like what he felt was the direction of Bismark’s policies, so he and my grandmother emigrated to the US, probably later 1880s. Here he served as chief engineer on several major ocean liners, and in WW1 had an important role in converting a big liner into a troop carrier. Bismarck may have kept peace for 40 years, but his aftermath resulted in the horrible bloodbath of WW1, which then resulted in WW2. Rather ironic that my grandfather in leaving what he thought was a bad situation, acted against it decades later.


171 posted on 10/11/2010 12:31:25 AM PDT by gleeaikin (question authority)
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