I know I've shared how the Irish helped to truly help found and shape the Eastern seaboard and the South, but a new map from the Pew Research Center really helps to put it into perspective, it's part of their Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065 Study.
Yup- now you know why St Patrick's Day is such a HUGE celebration in certain cities! LOL
If you know your history, this is a really great interactive map, and a great one to share with your kids, especially if you are homeschooling!
Here's the additional info about the map:
The nation’s first great influx of immigrants came from Northern and Western Europe. In 1850, the Irish were the largest immigrant group nationally and in most East Coast and Southern states. By the 1880s, Germans were the nation’s largest immigrant group in many Midwestern and Southern states. At the same time, changes to U.S. immigration policy had a great impact on the source countries of immigrants. In 1880, Chinese immigrants were the largest foreign-born group in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. But with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese immigrants were prevented from entering the U.S. As a result, other immigrant groups rose to become the largest in those states.