On German-American Day, 15 surprising facts about our largest ethnic group

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The first Americans of German descent to come to the original 13 colonies arrived in Philadelphia on October 6, 1683. The 13 families settled in an area now known as Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Throughout the rest of American history, and particularly in the mid-19th century, Germans flocked to North America in search of good farmland, freedom of thought, and an overall better life. They were almost unanimously opposed to slavery.

Americans of German origin number more than 46 million.


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