How Early German Immigration and the Establishment of Germantown Influenced Philadelphia


  • Selena Bemak La Salle University



Philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the United States, is a city forged from decades of immigration. The City of Brotherly Love's foundations rest on its immigrant communities that have developed over the past several centuries, including one of the most influential settlements in Philadelphia, established by early Germans who migrated to the New World in the seventeenth century. Germantown, along with the German migrants who founded it, influenced the Greater Philadelphia, not only with their founding of one of the oldest neighborhoods in America, but also through their religion, ideology, language, culture and industry.


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