February is American History Month and here at Amish Wisdom, we’ve decided to bring you a selection of little known facts about the Amish and early American History. While the truth behind many stories may not be pretty, it’s far better to know the facts than to celebrate through myths.
History Fact #1
In 1683, the Ship Concord sailed for Pennsylvania with the first Mennonites from Holland. After arriving in the seaport of Philadelphia, they followed an Indian trail six miles north. These immigrants were tradesmen, not farmers, so they built a cluster of huts and dugouts, forming a village. As the settlers began to prosper with their trades, the German village in the wilderness became known as Germantown.