Here Come the Pennsylvania Dutch

This novel takes the reader through one-hundred years of a Pennsylvania Dutch family.  (Dutch should be Deutsch or Deitsche, however Dutch is a misnomer that continues today.)  The story begins in 1675 in a small one-room school in the Wurttemberg Province of what today is Germany.  Two boys, fifteen-years-old and best friends, learn about America and William Penn from their teacher.  At this time in history, Germany and other parts of Europe are governed by the Holy Roman Empire, who have forbidden William Penn to come Germany and espouse his religious beliefs and promotion of emigration to the New World.  

The boys secretly attend a meeting with William Penn, who has come from England to talk about his “Holy Experiment,” which becomes the Colony of Pennsylvania.  

After many years of struggles, the two “boys,” now middle-age, finally are able to emigrate to America.  They come as indentured servants to Queen Anne and England and are settled in New York Colony along the Hudson River.  After their service, they are expected to settle in the Hudson River area, but against the wishes of the English governor of New York Colony, depart and settle in the Mohawk Valley.  Here they make their home and prosper.

After several years, the New York governor comes to tell them that they must pay an impossible amount to remain in the Mohawk Valley as it has been claimed by the English.

Once again they must leave.  Fortunately they are welcomed by the governor of the Pennsylvania Colony.  They sail down the Susquehanna River with all their goods and with their livestock being driven along the banks beside them.  They settle in the Pennsylvania frontier, which today is Berks County.

The family becomes involved in the French-Indian War and the Revolution.  They work with many renown names of early American History, such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, members of the “Sons of Liberty,” Henry Knox, Ethan Allan and others to win  independence for America.

This is a historical fictional novel which gives the reader an enjoyable and exciting way of learning about early American history.