Ever wonder HOW your ancestors moved from place to place or why? I have found no records that my people had any wealth so how did they move? Moving costs money -- even back then.
Early American Chronology
This section for The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Revised Edition, edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, p. 449.
1607: Jamestown, Virginia, was founded by English colonists.
1620: The Mayflower, carrying Pilgrims, arrived in Massachusetts.
1623: New Netherland (Hudson River Valley) was settled as a trading post by the Dutch West India Company.
1629-40: The Puritans migrated to New England.
1642: The outbreak of civil war in England brought a decrease in Puritan migration.
1648: The treaty ending the Thirty Years' War stipulated that only the Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed religions would be tolerated in Germany henceforth. Religious intolerance motivated large numbers of Germans belonging to small sects, such as Baptist Brethren (Dunkers), to leave for America.
1681: Quakers founded Pennsylvania based on William Penn's "holy experiment" in universal philanthropy and brotherhood.
1683: The first German settlers (Mennonites) arrived in Pennsylvania.
1709: In the wake of devastation caused by wars of Louis XIV, German Palatines settled in the Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania.
1730: Germans and Scotch Irish from Pennsylvania colonized Virginia valley and the Carolina back country.