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A large portion of the early settlers following statehood were Forty-Eighters, emigres from the Revolutions of 1848, who dispersed into areas of Central Texas. After generations, German Texans spoke what became known as Texas German ( German : Texasdeutsch ), a German language dialect that was tied to the historic period of highest immigration.


As early as 1881, Germans founded the colony of Marienfeld (later Stanton) on the High Plains of West Texas. It was one of the first agricultural settlements in that part of the state. There the German settlers planted splendid vineyards, only to see them destroyed by drought. Most of the postbellum German colonies thrived, however.


As early as 1850, Germans constituted more than 5 percent of the total Texas population. By 1980, persons of German descent were the third largest ethnic group in Texas and the 1990 US census revealed that 1,175,888 Texans claimed pure German ancestry and 1,775,838 partial German ancestry, for a total of 2,951,726, or 17½ percent of the total population, a rather large amount!


Early German Settlements in Colorado County This article is based on an oral presentation by Arliss Treybig, El Campo, Texas, made at the 1990 Annual Meeting of the German-Texan Heritage Society in Brenham. Colorado County was an original county organized in 1836.


German immigration to Texas was encouraged through the distribution of land grants to early settlers. Learn more about German immigration to Texas in this video and others in our German Texan ...


The History of Fredericksburg, Texas dates back to its founding in 1846. It was named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Fredericksburg is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English.


1 of 14 T The Texas Historic Cemetery marker for the graveyard of early German settlers is unveiled on Sept. 22, 2018. The Texas Historical Commission designated the Gerfers family cemetery as ...


Remembering The Long Lost Germans Of Texas More than a century ago, German settlers found a pocket of Texas to call home between Austin and San Antonio. And once the local lingo merged with their ...


Even in Philadelphia and New York, societies formed with this ambition in mind. Eventually the idea of a separate state dissolved, but these societies were among many whose common goals unified the German settlers. German Texans actively participated in politics, and by 1846 a German language version of Texas law was in place.


German settlement of northern Douglas and southern Washington counties which resulting in the formation of the Schleswig-Holstein Verein, Dutch Hall (1876) and German Cemetery in Eastern Nebraska.