Where did Irish immigrants settle in America?
Lots of places. About twelve percent of Americans claim Irish ancestory. Massachusetts and New Hampshire are the two states who's largest ethnic population is Irish and Norfolk County which is directly under and to the south west of Boston (Suffolk County) in Massachusetts has the largest Irish population of any county in the US. Perhaps the two cities where major Irish imigration was occuring in the 18th and 19th century were Boston and New York. The majority of laborers on the Erie Canal were Irish. Other major populations included Philadelphia, Chicago, and Baltimore. Basically any city that provided cheap manual labor saw huge increases in Irish immigration because of the state of Ireland at the time.
The potato famine in Ireland lasted from 1845 to 1849. During this terrible part of Irish history, Great Britain tried to direct Irish people immigrating to North America to settle in Canada. The British provided incentives to induce this among the Irish. Many did, however, very often they left Canada to settle in the US.
The largest population of Irish immigrants to America in 1750 settled on and focused in the Middle colonies. The colonies of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were popular places of destination for the Irish immigrants who, in many cases, came to this country landless and chose to settle and make their way in the cities.
Did most of the German immigrants who came to America during the colonial period settle in what is now new york?
The First Irish immigrants didn't settle in Texas. They actually settled in urban areas such as New York or New Jersey and they worked in factories. At the time Ireland was having a massive potato famine and since husbands could no longer feed their families they started applying to adds they would see on the backs of news papers, they would read "Come to America the land of great opportunity, If you show up in…
The main reason immigrants chose to live in the east coast cities, was economic reality. The large numbers of Irish immigrants tended to come to America with little money, just enough to get them to the city. Therefore, they focused on getting jobs in the factories of the northern cities at the time. German immigrants, who were more likely to arrive with some money and skills, had the ability to move to different parts of…