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Coming to America

Unless you belong to one of the many indigenous cultures in the United States, your ancestors were most likely immigrants. You may be able to trace your roots to the explorers who came to stake early claims on the territory. Perhaps your ancestors were first brought to America in the cargo hold of a ship as indentured servants or slaves, or maybe they fled from religious or political persecution. Your family may have come to work in the factories of eastern cities or to farm the land the government seized as it expanded westward.

Whatever their country of origin or reason for coming to America, immigrants and their descendents continue to enrich our culture and our communities.

Increase your knowledge of immigration facts and figures with the Immigration Timeline, Quiz, Fact Sheet and Glossary.

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