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Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes from AlansKitchen.comFrom the earliest days the Pennsylvania German settlers, in their homeland, had built protection of food against their atavistic dread of wars and invasions. For centuries, barbarians ravaged their German homes, feudalism devastated their homeland, and religious controversy caused them despair. Somewhere along the weary course of their history they had become Christians and had evolved in to a variety of sects, many with mystical quality. For these people of piety believed in deed rather than creed and were determined to live according to their religious convictions. Then in the seventeenth century France�s King Louis XIV invaded the German Low Countries. At the time, William Penn sough colonist his New World colony. They made their decision they would go to America.

In 1683, the Mennonites were the first of the Plain Sects to sail for Philadelphia. The Amish, Seventh-Day Baptist, Dunkards, Schwenfelders, and Moravians soon followed. Later came the Lutherans and Reformed. Many experts believe that at the time of the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania Germans outnumber the English.

The German newcomers spread over the southeastern part of the colony of Pennsylvania. The English had already taken most of the easily cleared land. However, Germans preferred the woodlands. They knew that black walnut trees indicated the presence of limestone. The limestone meant that the land would be fertile farmland. They searched for the black walnut trees and where they found them, they cleared the forest and established their farms.

Theses German farmers understood planting routines, crop rotation, and soil conservation. They were such excellent farmers, they believed that they were doing what they liked to do, and it became easy work (Mangert ist keine Arbeite). They were willing to work hard in the wilderness, to sacrifice, if they could be at last free. They were determined to so secure their families in the New World that their children and grandchildren, generation after generation, would always be free.

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