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Kashubian Americans

Kashubian Americans are Americans of Kashubian descent.[2][3]

Kashubian Americans
Total population
Less than 300[1]
Regions with significant populations
American English, Kashubian, Polish

The two earliest Kashubian American settlements in the United States were in the Winona, Minnesota area, including the towns of Fountain City, Pine Creek, Dodge, and Trempealeau across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, and in Portage County, Wisconsin, including the towns of Polonia, Sharon, and Hull.[4] The Winona settlement is traditionally dated to 1855, but actually began in 1859;[5] the Portage County settlement can definitely be traced back to 1858. Winona is dubbed "Kashubian Capital of America",[6] because of the largest population of Kashubians there.[2]

After the American Civil War and the German Kulturkampf of the early 1870s, Kashubians emigrated to the United States in much larger numbers. While some headed for the Winona area and for Portage County, many Kashubians wound up living in major urban centers such as Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee. A smaller number of Kashubians settled in small farming communities scattered throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana.[7] By the turn of the century, Kashubian Americans tended to identify themselves completely as Polish Americans, although in Winona (at least) the Kashubian language would survive for another generation or two.[8]

Notable peopleEdit

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Further readingEdit

  • Amerykanie kaszubskiego pochodzenia : zagadnienia wybrane. Studia Pelplińskie, Tom 34 (2003) s. 163-247. Władysław Szulist


  1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  2. ^ a b Institute, Polish Cultural (11 January 2018). "The Kashubian Polish Community of Southeastern Minnesota". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved 11 January 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ see Fr. Władysław Szulist, Kaszubi w Ameryce: szkice i materiały, Wejherowo 2005.
  4. ^ Albert Hart Sanford (1908). ""Polish People of Portage County," in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1907". State Historical Society of Wisconsin. pp. 259–288.
  5. ^ "First Settlement in Winona: 1859". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  6. ^ "Kashubian Capital of America –". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  7. ^ Szulist, Kaszubi w Ameryce: szkice i materiały.
  8. ^ "Polish Cultural Institute & Museum, Winona MN - Kashubian Culture".