Of the 4,881 Swabians, whose destination in the 19th century is known today, 31 explicitely stated Canada as their destination. Of these 31 emigrants 27 came from the Donaumoos and 25 came from one specific place, Probfeld.
Of the 4,881 Swabians, whose destination in the 19th century is known today, 31 explicitely stated Canada as their destination. Of these 31 emigrants 27 came from the Donaumoos and 25 came from one specific place, Probfeld.

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The Donaumoos is the largest moor in Bavaria (177 square kilometres) south of the Danube between Neuburg and Ingolstadt - the German word "moos" (moss) means "moor" in Bavarian.
The Donaumoos is the largest moor in Bavaria (177 square kilometres) south of the Danube between Neuburg and Ingolstadt - the German word "moos" (moss) means "moor" in Bavarian.

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The Donaumoos

The Donaumoos Near Karlskron with frolicking horses

Adalbert Niedenzu
Deutschherren-Gymnasium
1988-12-6
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Starting in 1790, (foundation of the "Donaumooskultursozietät" - the cultural society of the Donaumoos) soldiers, prisoners and even children from the surrounding area built channels through the moor and colonized it. Here you can see the main channel.

Donaumoos is empty, inhospitable area today as it was 200 years ago.
Starting in 1790, (foundation of the "Donaumooskultursozietät" - the cultural society of the Donaumoos) soldiers, prisoners and even children from the surrounding area built channels through the moor and colonized it. Here you can see the main channel.

Donaumoos is empty, inhospitable area today as it was 200 years ago.

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The Donaumoos

The main channel near Probfeld in the Donaumoos

Adalbert Niedenzu
Deutschherren-Gymnasium

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The Donaumoos

The Donaumoos near Probfeld

Adalbert Niedenzu
Deutschherren-Gymnasium

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Around 1800, war was raging in Europe. The French Revolution had taken place - revolutionary France conquered the Bavarian Palatinate (Departement Mont-Tonnere from 1798 on) and refugees from the Palatinate, including Mennonites, were streaming into Bavaria.

The Bavarian Government settled the refugees in the Donaumoos as well.
Around 1800, war was raging in Europe. The French Revolution had taken place - revolutionary France conquered the Bavarian Palatinate (Departement Mont-Tonnere from 1798 on) and refugees from the Palatinate, including Mennonites, were streaming into Bavaria.

The Bavarian Government settled the refugees in the Donaumoos as well.

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1850

Bavaria, Swabia and the Donaumoos around 1850

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In 1883, 3,479 persons lived in the Donaumoos.

How did people live in the Donaumoos?

In the centre of the moor, people made a living from cutting peat; while at the outer edges people also planted potatoes.

In 1883, 3,479 persons lived in the Donaumoos.

How did people live in the Donaumoos?

In the centre of the moor, people made a living from cutting peat; while at the outer edges people also planted potatoes.


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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Describe the geography, history, and citizens of Donaumoos, the region where Swabian emigrants to Canada originated;
  • Describe the life of people in Donaumoos;
  • Explain how people came to live in such an inhospitable land;
  • Empathize with the situations of emigrants to Canada.

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