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North America Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Directions: Read the document and answer the questions below.

 

Over 100,000 Germans migrated to the English colonies in North America. Most of them settled in Pennsylvania. Others settled in New York, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. They formed the largest non-English-speaking community in colonial North America.

During the 1600s and 1700s, wars ravaged Germany. Marching armies trampled down fields of grain, stole cattle, and burned down farmsteads. In their wake, famines spread over the land. Taxes, levied to pay for the war, added to the people's plight.

Religious disputes also drove people to leave their homes. In Europe the rulers chose what church they wanted in their lands. Many pious Germans of strong convictions found this hard to bear. North America, especially Pennsylvania, offered them religious freedom.

1. During the Colonial Period, which language was the second most used language by Colonists?

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2. During this time period, what was the most popular crop in Germany?

 

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3. Was it common to have multiple religious denominations in Germany, at this time? Why?

 

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4. Why do you feel Pennsylvania was an extremely popular colony for Germans?

 

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