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The Germans Had Beer, Dancing, and Guns - Missouri in the Early 1800s

For many of us of German, Irish/Scottish, and English descent, we've discovered that our
ancestors immigrated and emigrated to the "frontier" of Missouri in the early 1800s. It was a mining and agricultural land that reminded the Germans of the Rhineland back home, and for those on the east coast, there was the promise of inexpensive land to farm.

However, the blending of cultures didn't always work out. "While the Americans had a very calm Sunday with the Bible, the Germans had beer and dancing and guns,: Roloff said. "This was indeed a different culture." (German Immigrants Set Out To Make A Utopia in Missouri, Smith, St. Louis Public Radio, 18 Nov 18, 2014,, accessed 2 Jan 2018)

If you would like to read the full article on Germans settling in Missouri in the early 1800s, please click the link below:

German Immigrants Set Out To Make A Utopia in Missouri

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