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Dutch ancestry in the US

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I thought that this map was very interesting:

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/deguo
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Not very surprising, but definitely interested. I think the darkness in New York can be explained by the colonization of the area (the state was once called New Netherland with New York City being called New Amsterdam!), and the darkness in the Midwest can be explained by the high rate of Northern European immigrants following the Homestead Act. Both are fascinating topics that I recommend reading more about if you're interested.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bfoshizzle
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I live near Detroit, but my dad is from western Michigan. The high percentage of people with Dutch ancestry in western Michigan may explain why my dad says "melk" instead of "milk".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12
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After seeing this chart I looked up all the ancestries of the United States. Here it is if you are interested.

3 years ago

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Wow, the US is very German!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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Oh, yes! There are a lot of Germans in my area! About half of the people in my city, including myself, have German ancestory. We have a lot of German speakers in my area as well!

3 years ago

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Oh, that's really interesting! There are many German descendants here, including myself (my last name is Friedrich), but not many German-speakers at all!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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I wish our ancestors would have passed down the language to us, that would have made learning German SO much easier! ;)

3 years ago

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Haha, me too! I wish my Irish ancestors had done that as well....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12
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I noticed that. You would think that more people in the US would be able to speak German.

3 years ago

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Wow. It seems like South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota have quite a bit of Dutch people over there.

3 years ago