The economic, cultural, and political life of America has been often shaped by immigration. This was never more the case than in the colonial and early national periods. To comprehend the evolution of American society, the immigrant experience must be understood. Who immigrated and why, what were their social origins and characteristics, what resources did they bring with them, what was their journey like, how did they finance that journey, and how did they fit into established American society? These questions guide the investigation that follows. In particular, this book focuses on the migration experience of the Germans, the largest non-English-speaking European migration to English America during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The integration of foreign speakers into American society has frequently caused public concern and affected American immigration policy. Germans were the first major wave of European foreign speakers entering English America. Their migration experience offers historical perspective on how Americans dealt with such immigrants and how such immigrants coped with their entry into American society. Subsequent waves of foreign speakers entering English America have continued to the present day. Understanding the past may help us better comprehend the present and deal with the future.