John Hanson of Mulberry Grove

John Hanson of Mulberry Grove

John Hanson of Mulberry Grove

John Hanson of Mulberry Grove

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The year 1938 is the occasion of numerous official commemorations of the first landing of the Swedes and Finns on the Delaware River three hundred years earlier, in 1638. During the three centuries between the event itself and today there has been a great deal of history written about the foundation of America, and a great deal of omission from such history respecting the establishment of New Sweden and the initial introduction of the Scandinavian blood stream into the life of the new world. Many an American school child is quite as confident that William Penn was the first settler in Pennsylvania, as that the Puritans settled New England. That Pennsylvania and Delaware were New Sweden for a number of years before Penn received his charter, and that the Scandinavians pioneered on the North American continent as surely as did the English and the Dutch, is of itself a fact in history which needs telling to our American people.

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