History books tell us a lot about emperors and kings, princes and archbishops, but not about people like you and me. Little is known about those people who in the early modern age left their beloved homeland because they suffered hunger and hardships, or persecution for their beliefs. This story is about Rhinelanders who left their home to build up and new life for themselves in America. Nonetheless, they always kept in touch with their German relatives. We will accompany them through German and American History from the time of Louis XIV of France until the Great War and the Allied Rhineland occupation.