Many of the German-speaking Protestants who fled to North America had to redeem their passages by working for sponsors. Is there any evidence of this for Christman Duchmann ? He entered the colony of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and swore an oath of allegiance to the British King and next shows up in Bedford County, after a period of time. Has anyone looked at his stay in Philadelphia for information ?
In my history class in high school, this process was referred to as indentured servitude, and I remember thinking that my family was working class, how did they get here?
I personally like the term redemption better since the effort to do this was an international one at the time by fellow co-religionists seeking freedom.
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