- Before World War I more than 6% of American schoolchildren received their primary education only in German. By the way, my father was one of them.
- 49 million Americans claim German ancestors. In 1996 this group was 25% of the population.
- The first permanent German settlement was Germantown, PA., near Philadelphia, 1683.
- Waves of Germans settled in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Louisiana and Massachusetts during the 18th century.
- Thousands of German soldiers came to support King George III, Elector of Hanover and King of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War.
- Between 1840-48 Germans were the largest group of immigrants to America.
- The cities of Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago, New York and Baltimore were the favored destinations of Germans.
- By 1900 the populations of Cleveland, Milwaukee, Hoboken and Cincinnati were all more than 40% German.
- In Texas, where I live, many Germans came through the port of Galveston to farm and later to take industrial jobs in Houston. The Germans built the brewing industry in Houston. By the 1920s college-educated German Americans were moving into the chemical and oil industries.
Many other fascinating facts can be found on Absolute Astronomy under the topic German American.