By Armas K E Holmio, Ellen M Ryynanen
Michigan's top Peninsula used to be a massive vacation spot for Finns throughout the top years of migration within the 19th century and the early many years of the 20th century. a number of top Peninsula groups had huge Finnish populations and Finnish church buildings, inns, cooperative shops, and temperance societies. Ishpeming and Hancock, particularly, have been very important nationally as Finnish cultural centers.
Originally released in Finnish in 1967 by way of Armas ok. E. Holmio, historical past of the Finns in Michigan, translated into English via Ellen M. Ryynanen, brings the tale of the contribution of Finnish immigrants into the mainstream of Michigan historical past. Holmio combines firsthand adventure and private touch with the 1st iteration of Finnish immigrants with study in Finnish-language resources to create a big and compelling tale of an immigrant crew and its position within the improvement of Michigan.
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C. Approximately five hundred years later, the breaking up of the Finno-Ugric ancestral language had reached the stage at which the Chermissian and Mordvinian languages came into being. Remnants of the scattered Mordvinian tribes still inhabit middle and eastern Russia, and Cheremissians are found in the Middle Volga area. Over a period of thousands of years, there had developed, from the Finno-Ugric parent 30 CHAPTER 1 language, what may be called a basic Finnish language, from which, during the last centuries of the pre-Christian era, developed the Baltic Finnish languages: Estonian, Livonian, Votiak, Karelian, Vepsic, and Finnish.
The life of the northern Norwegian fishermen was extremely hard and material gain was usually small. The villagers shivering amidst the bare rocks suffered from scurvy because of a lack of vegetables. A few Finns, however, managed to dig small potato patches in the rocky soil and even keep a cow or two. The living conditions of those who worked in the mines were somewhat better. The English had begun to mine copper in Kaafjjord in 1826 and extended their activities to Kvaenangen. The Finns were in demand as miners.
In 1699, during the reign of Peter the Great, the Kamchatka peninsula finally came into their hands, and the Russians permanently settled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On an exploratory trip in 1728, a Danish navy officer, Vitus Bering, who was in the service of Russia, discovered at the far eastern edge of Siberia a strait that joins the Pacific and Arctic Oceans and now bears the name of its discoverer. He had been very close to the Alaskan coast, but because of the perpetual fog he had not seen it.