Photo 15 Feb GERMAN  AMERICAN  HERITAGE  Many Germans fled their homeland to find an easier life in other European countries, anywhere in the Western Hemisphere and even faraway Australia, because of the violent conditions under which they had to live. Unlike most immigrants they did not emigrate for political reasons, but because they were being attacked constantly by armies from the various nationalities which now make up Europe. Especially in the  southwestern region, where entire villages were burnt down and their inhabitants robbed, tortured and  killed.   By 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone.
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GERMAN  AMERICAN  HERITAGE  Many Germans fled their homeland to find an easier life in other European countries, anywhere in the Western Hemisphere and even faraway Australia, because of the violent conditions under which they had to live. Unlike most immigrants they did not emigrate for political reasons, but because they were being attacked constantly by armies from the various nationalities which now make up Europe. Especially in the  southwestern region, where entire villages were burnt down and their inhabitants robbed, tortured and  killed.   By 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone.

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