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In 1990 the US Census Bureau reported that 57985595 people in the United States claimed some measure of German ancestry This makes up almost a quarter of the US population German immigration started as early as 1607 The first three Germans to migrate to the US were FUnger H Keffer and F Volday who were followers of Captain John Smith who settled in Jamestown Virginia They started the first German colony known as the damned dutch From 1820-1970 they estimated about 69 million Germans came to the US which were 15 of the total immigrants The peak years of migration were 1854 when 215000 people arrived and 1882 when 250000 people arrived Approximately 90 percent of all the people leaving Germany between 1835 and 1910 came to the United States World Wars I and II interrupted the immigration of Germans to America After World War I immigration picked up again from bad economic conditions in Germany but during World War II there were immigration restrictions placed on Germans The Germans emigrated to the US for different reasons being that German immigrants were the most diverse in background of all major immigrant groups The availability of land and the desire for religious freedom drew the first Germans to America Germans were victims of overpopulation in the wine growing regions This caused too much competition for land and jobs Plus the land wasnt too fertile and the harsh winter of 1708-1709 forced people to leave The taxes were high and the people couldnt afford to pay America was often advertised in Germany as In America everything is great It was true to people looking for a lot of fertile land for not a lot of money In 1829 a German named Gottfried Duden who had spent three years living in Missouri published a report praising the new land where food and property were cheap nature was beautiful and life was easy This report enticed thousands
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