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Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 / Tulip ware of the Pennsylvania-German potters : an historical sketch of the art of slip-decoration in the United States

Chapter I: The settlement of eastern Pennsylvania by the Germans,   pp. [9]-16

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large tracts taken up by the colony at Germantown and at
Conestoga are all-sufficient evidence of this. And this con-
tinued to be the rule until about 1717, and perhaps later,
when the great exodus from the Palatinate set in. Then the
real race to reach the New World began. The poorer classes
had not been unobservant of what was going on. If America
was a place where the rich could become richer still, surely it
must be a place where the poor also might better themselves.
At all events, nothing could be lost by going, because they
had the merest pittance to begin with. Besides, all the ac-
counts were favorable. Those already in Pennsylvania sent
back glowing descriptions of the ease with which land could
be acquired, the productiveness of the soil, the abundance of
food, the freedom from taxation and the equality of all men
before the law to their natural rights and their religious
This, in brief, is the history of the German settlement of
eastern Pennsylvania. The Swiss element, speaking largely
the same language, became amalgamated with the German,
which preponderated, forming a homogeneous people who
are to-day known as the "Pennsylvania Dutch."

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