The Great Migration

The history of America is a prodigious tale of newcomers, replete with perils, triumphs and true grit

The most salient fact about American history is this: the ancestors of everyone who lives in the U.S. originally came from somewhere else. That includes even the Inuits and other Native Americans, whose forebears first crossed from Siberia to Alaska on a land bridge that now lies beneath the icy Bering Sea. From its colonial beginnings, the history of America has largely been the story of how immigrants from the Old World conquered the New. As the historian Carl Wittke noted, eight nationalities were represented on Columbus' first voyage to a continent that eventually received its name from a German mapmaker...

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