This article from the ThorNews blog is really quite interesting. It’s the history of Nordic immigration to the United States, in one handy map! I love technology because it allows us to find new dimensions on the teaching and understanding of history, as this map illustrates. Good job ThorNews, as always.

Nordic Migraton USA 1870 - 1960

(Screen Shot: ThorNews/ Expedia)

On 5 July 1825 the first emigrants left Norway and Stavanger in a sloop to start a new and better life in the US. The journey took around three mounts and on 9 October the first Norwegian immigrants arrived in New York.

US Postage Stamp Viking ShipA 1925 U.S. postage stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian immigration. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“…in 1825, during a period of particularly fierce religious strife in Norway. In July of that year, a group of six dissenting families, seeking a haven from the official Norwegian state church, set sail from Stavanger in an undersized sloop, the Restaurationen. When it arrived in New York harbor after an arduous 14-week journey, the Restaurationen caused a sensation, and the local press marveled at the bravery of these Norwegian pilgrims. Local Quakers helped the destitute emigrants, who eventually established a community in upstate New York. Today, their…

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