History books tell us about emperors and kings, princes and archbishops, but not about people like you and me. Here at the Rhinedragon, I write about the history of our region from the view of families who lived through these historical events.

Rhinelanders in the United States

Little is known about those people who in the early modern age left their beloved homeland because they were suffering hunger and hardships, or persecution for their beliefs. This story is about them.

It begins in the Rhineland around 1715, when our region lay in ruins after two wars, and ends after the Great War when Allied forces occupied the Rhineland. So it is about Rhineland/German and American history, but the historical events just set the stage for the people and tells the story of a family that is at home on both sides of the Atlantic.