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In the mid-1800's many Germans emigrated to the United States. It was a new world to them. Traugott Bromme, one of their fellow countrymen who had traveled to the United States, came upon the idea of writing a handbook for emigrants. This book, which went through a number of editions, described each state in the hope that arriving Germans who spoke little or no English would not be at a complete loss regarding the most suitable place for them to settle. The passage featured here is Bromme’s 1848 description of the state of Maine. Richard L. Bland, PhD is a retired archaeologist, formerly of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. His research interest is in Alaska, and more specifically Russian America, which dates from approximately 1741 to 1867. Traugott Bromme’s handbooks were produced during that time frame, stimulating his interest.