Are Pennsylvania Dutch People Really Dutch?

That may sound like a foolish question. But the people who are known as the Pennsylvania Dutch aren’t Dutch at all.

They came to America from Germany, and at first were called Pennsylvania Deutsch, the German word for Germany is Deutschland, and German people are Deutsch.

Since that word sounded to most Americans like Dutch, Pennsylvania Deutsch soon became Pennsylvania Dutch.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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