The first German immigrants came to America to avoid the Thirty Years' war in Germany, which started in 1618 A.D. due to religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics. It is estimated that somewhere between 65,000... More »

Immigrants came to America for many reasons, but most came for the possibilities of a free society which would allow them to better their lives and to practice their religion freely. The initial American immigrants, know... More »

French immigrants came to America first as individuals seeking the freedom of the new United States, then following the Gold Rush, and later fleeing late 19th-century hardships in France. There was never a mass migration... More »

Most of the German immigrants who moved to America settled in the upper Midwest. However, there were also concentrations of German speaking people in New York City and Texas. Many moved to America following periods of ec... More »

Most Irish immigrants who made their way to America settled in cities along the Eastern seaboard. After 1846, when almost all of the people leaving Ireland were rural Catholics fleeing the effects of the Great Potato Fam... More »

Large numbers of immigrants came to colonial America for many reasons, including religious freedom and economic opportunity. The New World offered colonists the chance to own property for the first time, and many emigrat... More »

French immigrants came to America first as individuals seeking the freedom of the new United States, then following the Gold Rush, and later fleeing late 19th-century hardships in France. There was never a mass migration... More »