The Pennsylvania Scotch-Irish of the
It may not have been revealed to them that they as a people were not henceforth to live in distinct communities, but were to be dispersed throughout the country . . . . yet such was to be their destiny. JOHN STEWART
HAVING CONSIDERED the early settlements of the Scotch-Irish in the province, it would seem to be appropriate to describe another phase of settlement in which thousands of them were dispersed beyond the borders of Pennsylvania. Other racial groups, especially the Germans, shared with them in this migration, but not in such large numbers nor yet so far afield. i. Among the Thirteen Colonies, Pennsylvania occupied a unique position as an early distributing center of population to the South and the West. 2.
The causes inducing the Pennsylvania Scotch-Irish to emigrate to other colonies, especially to the southward, may here be noted. By 1735, the advance guard of settlers, moving ever westward, had reached the foothills of the Alleghenies, and, being hindered by the mountain barrier, was deflected southward along the line of least resistance into the valleys of Maryland and Virginia and____________________