Most of the early German immigrants (late 1600s and 1700)were prodestants and other non Catholic Religions that were getting out of the religious wars that lasted hundreds of years in that area of Europe. The vast majority were Lutheran. The Germany that we know today was not really a Country until Hindenburg (late 1800s ) brought together all the small feudal kingoms and princepalaties governed by tyrants and royal crooks. The conditions were so bad that by 1776 the English Colonies population had swelled with so many Germans that they were second in numbers only to the British.
During the Revolution, Maryland and Pennsylvania had German battalions commanded by German officers.
The Germans that came to America in the late 1800s til early 1900, came (like the Mexicans today) because the people in Europe were starving with no work.
By, the way, most of the Pennsylvania Dutch you hear about were actually Germans. New York was the first Dutch Settlement.........Good Luck on your search.....
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