Some Background Information
Between 1708 and 1710, thousands of families left their farms and homes in the Palatinate to find relief from wars, famine, heavy taxation and, to a lesser extent, religious persecution. They were lured to the New World by a “golden book” that held promises of a better life. Queen Anne and the British Empire wanted to populate America and seized upon a plan to send Germans to produce badly needed naval supplies. They would provide pitch and tar from the pine trees in America and hemp from the fields. In return, they were to be given food and housing until they repaid their debt and, in seven years, land of their own. The plan was fatally flawed from the start and, when the new British government was installed, the Palatines were left with no support whatsoever.