German Immigrants to North America (1853)

J.B. Metzler's map of Immigrants to North America (German). From 1922.

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Date: 1853
Author: J.B. Metzler
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Lots of Germans, it seems, were making their ways to the United States in the mid-19th century. It's easy to see why. Things weren't all that stable there. My own German kin set off around that time for two German-American strongholds – Minnesota and Central Texas. We're historically very risk-averse.

Visual Notes: 1.) Blackletter Fraktur looks better on maps than on Sublime album covers. 2.) Check out the strangely skinny and strangely phallic Michigan. 3.) As emaciated and gaunt as they made Northern England, Hadrian could've built his wall in a couple days. 4.) Looks like I could skip a rock from County Kerry to Newfoundland Cape Breton* (thanks, Will).

(* This should not be read as a commentary on this map's abbreviated depiction of distance across the North Atlantic, but instead as a hyperbolic boast about my skill at skipping rocks, which is considerable. –t59k)

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