It is a battle cry and it needs to be heard through out not just the USA but the world. I have always loved reading about the revolutionary war years. Perhaps that rebellion within me accounts for my understanding of why my ancestors did what they did. And I've always believed that one day we, believers, will need to take the same stand that they did. They fought for what they believed in.
My husband has been talking a lot lately about the great awakenings and this appeal to heaven. I think he is on to something. Nothing original but God is making it real to us.
It really all started back before we were even a nation. Back to a time when my ancestors and Doug's too came here to settle. Germans and Englishmen. What drove them? - The Klocks were driven from Germany after severe freezing weather killed many trees making it hard to survive
In 1600, the Huaynaputina in Peru erupted. Tree ring studies show that 1601 was cold. Russia had its worst famine in 1601-1603. From 1600 to 1602,Switzerland, Latvia and Estonia had exceptionally cold winters. The wine harvest was late in 1601 in France, and in Peru and Germany, wine production collapsed. Peach trees bloomed late in China, and Lake Suwa in Japan froze early.[Wikipedia]
In fact, there were many famines caused by extreme weather during the 1600's .
NASA defines the term as a cold period between AD 1550 and 1850 and notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, each separated by intervals of slight warming. It is of interest to me that in 1850 both the Benson and the Heinrich families journeyed to America.
The German Palatines were early 18th century emigrants from the Middle Rhine region of the Holy Roman Empire, including a minority from the Palatinate which gave its name to the entire group. Towards the end of the 17th century and into the 18th, the wealthy region was repeatedly invaded by French troops, which resulted in continuous military requisitions, widespread devastation and famine. The "Poor Palatines" were some 13,000 Germans who came to England between May and November 1709. Their arrival in England, and the inability of the British Government to integrate them, caused a highly politicized debate over the merits of immigration. The English tried to settle them in England, Ireland and the Colonies.
With regard to America, the English transported nearly 3,000 German Palatines in ten ships to New York in 1710. Many of them first were assigned to work camps along the Hudson River to work off their passage. Close to 850 families settled in the Hudson River Valley, primarily in what are now Germantown and Saugerties, New York. In 1723 100 heads of families from the work camps were the first Europeans to acquire land west of Little Falls, New York, in present-day Herkimer County on both the north and south sides along the Mohawk River. Later additional Palatine Germans settled along the Mohawk River for several miles, founding towns such as Palatine Bridge, and in the Schoharie Valley.
But I am wandering here, as I listen to the fireworks in the distance. And I got lost in the Klock genealogy.