Migration v. Immigration

Understanding Immigration

Understanding Immigration

Quick recap of previously discussed Immigration History of the United States. Many people in our country have a rather skewed version of original immigration. And clearly this different ‘version’ of American history has been used by politicians as well as several special interest groups to capitalize on this tragic misunderstanding.

We also established that stringently speaking, the first settlers to come to this country were not immigrants at all, but rather “colonists” a distinction between the founders of a nation and the later additions to that nation; subsequently, the entire facts regarding immigration are either forgotten or molded to benefit some group of today’s immigrants.

Therefore it is to be understood that the biggest dissimilarity between the immigrant and the colonist is in the notion of establishing a settlement (city, county, shire, state, and nation) with a government; furthermore, the immigrant is one who is migrating for reasons of work, avoidance of oppression, war, or any other reason to leave their country.

There have been those who have argued the point of “America is a nation of immigrants” and this simply is not the case, albeit, waves of immigrants have successfully assimilated into the American fabric.

America was sought after by people who endured the expensive, dangerous, and very unpleasant mostly mote than two week voyage to the New World and upon arrival, were coming to buy, barter, purchase, and at times steal, new lands that they could settle.

The first waves of these settlers were primarily Dutch, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish. Indeed some of the most successful (meaning, lived through it all) were the Puritans in 1607-1650 who were the original settlers in Massachusetts.

All one need to do is look at the names of cities on the eastern seaboard to come to realize who the original settler’s were from. “New York” originally was New Amsterdam, and Peter Stuyvesant, the Duke of York perhaps benefitted the most and who got credit for founding the colony.

Maryland was being established as the refuge for English Catholics and received its charter in 1634. Throughout history many have argued that “Mary’s Land” was a way of privately paying homage to Mary of the New Testament, however, most people acknowledge that Maryland was the honor paid to King Charles’ queen, Queen Mary.

Interestingly Delaware was originally, New Sweden, and certainly the most influential of the settlers, William Penn, was extremely generous with his Pennsylvania (literally meaning-‘Penn’s Woods’) and it was during this time that waves of non-English speaking settlers arrived namely, the Germans and the Quaker’s.

Therefore in wrapping up for today it should be clearly noted that the first settlements of the New Colonies started with the Puritans in 1610-1650; this wave was followed by a series of waves and then some smaller troughs: Virginia, roughly a bit earlier and mainly during the latter portion of the seventeenth century, and this carried on with the wave of 1720 most of which were Germans and again in 1750s; yet, to this point forth in particular the 1760s all sorts of settlers simply stopped coming. We were entering the American Revolutionary period.

More later…

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