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The Era of Highest European Immigration

The greatest influx of immigrants to the United States occurred between the 1840s and the 1920s. During this period, about 37 million immigrants arrived in the country. About 6 million were Germans, 4.75 million Italians, 4.5 million Irish, 4.2 million from Britain, about the same number from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, 2.3 million Scandinavians, and 3.3 million from Russia and the Baltic states. About 70 percent of all European immigrants landed in New York City. From here, most fanned out to other parts of the country.

 



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