In the former century a wide section of the smallest of the Slavonic countries left their German native land and migrated to 3 far-off continents. The Wends, or Sorbs, have been seeking--what? Fortune? non secular freedom? Land for his or her childrens to farm?
George R. Nielsen, during this revised variation of his vintage learn of Wendish migration first released in 1977, conscientiously describes the main points of immigration to Australia, Texas, and in different places and judiciously weighs the potential reasons for either the exodus and the payment and acculturation styles that resulted.
The earliest emigrants traveled to Australia. even supposing they attempted to take alongside a Wendish-speaking pastor to supply harmony, they have been unsuccessful, and no unmarried, huge Wendish cost was once shaped. as an alternative, there have been numerous varied concentrations--some huge, a few small--and Wendish methods quickly mixed into German and at last neighborhood culture.
the biggest quantity migrated to Texas, the place at Serbin, below the management of pastor Jan Kilian, they shaped a Wendish neighborhood, preserving their very own language in church, institution, and residential. The neighborhood agricultural stipulations, even though, proved too bad to maintain many folks, so the Wends of Texas additionally scattered to varied components of the kingdom and at last misplaced such a lot in their ethnic distinctiveness.
Smaller numbers of Wends migrated to Canada, Nebraska, and South Africa. those Wends mostly settled between Germans and have been absorbed via the neighborhood German communities.
This paintings, already famous because the top resource to be had, can provide in its up to date and elevated shape to proceed because the commonplace reference at the abroad resettlement of those specific humans. The appendix lists all identified Wendish emigrants to Texas and Australia, with biographical data.