Journal Entry Eth125

Dear Journal,
Wow, how the time flies. It has been quite a while since I have had the time to write in
here so I will fill you in on what has been going on in my life. First of all, I moved. I am living outside of a town and people I can relate to called New Braunfels, in Texas. Second, I started college and I am in my second year already! It is amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it. So this place where I live is absolutely amazing. I found so much about the town intriguing.
When I first moves here I was curious about the people who lived here and this place is FULL of German people and that plays right into my heritage. I am learning more and more about where my family came from and what they went through to achieve the freedom that they have today. According to the information that I researched, the first German settlers arrived in the U.S. in 1608 ("Library Of Congress: European Reading Room", n.d.) and they have been migrating ever since; Migration means any transfer of a population (Shaefer, 2006, p. 17). Oh, and I found out that this one guy named Francis Daniel Pastorius came to the U.S. in 1683 and bought   43,000 acres about six miles north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He called this settlement Germantown ("Library Of Congress: European Reading Room", n.d.), ( Davitt, 2007).
The German migration to Texas came in the 1830s and largely in part to one man, Friedrich Ernst. This is because he wrote a letter to a friend in Oldenburg Germany and it was later published into the local paper. His description of Texas was so inspiring that it sparked an immigration movement, thus dubbing him "The Father of German Immigration to Texas." (Gold, 1997). Now we get to the good stuff. Further research showed that Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels actually founded this awesome town of New Braunfels (Gold, 1997). He created this town as a way station to colonize the land; colonize means to permanently be a part of a settlement in a foreign land. The Texas...