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Old 08-26-2014, 05:42 PM
 
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Are there any southern cities or states with a strong European background, for expample Boston with the Irish or NYC and Philly with Iltalians?? (minus NOLA)
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I can't speak for the South on the whole, but I do know that central and parts of coastal Texas were heavily settled in the mid-19th century by German, Czech, and Polish immigrants. Many of these towns have names that reflect this: New Braunfels, Schulenberg, Fredericksburg, etc. You can even still hear some of the old-timers in these towns carry on conversations in German, even though their German roots go back several generations. Texas-style barbecue was also very heavily influenced by this wave of immigrants.

Also, I believe Galveston was settled early on by immigrants from Spain, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as European Jews... many of whom later relocated to Houston after the great hurricane of 1900. I know that when I was a kid growing up in Houston (I'm 50 now), there was still a small Italian neighborhood on the East side of town (Lawndale), but since then most of the Italian-Americans have spread themselves out across the metro and there is no longer any one centralized Italian neighborhood. Houston has nothing on New Orleans' level, but the heritage is still there.

Also, the coastal town of San Patricio, near Corpus Christi was mainly settled by Irish immigrants. San Patricio = Saint Patrick.

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Old 08-26-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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Baltimore. Tampa (Ybor City).
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Mobile , New Orleans , Biloxi , and Pensacola.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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It doesn't really compare to, say, the Irish population in Boston, but Memphis has always had a relatively large number of Italian and Jewish families.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I can't speak for the South on the whole, but I do know that central and parts of coastal Texas were heavily settled in the mid-19th century by German, Czech, and Polish immigrants. Many of these towns have names that reflect this: New Braunfels, Schulenberg, Fredericksburg, etc. You can even still hear some of the old-timers in these towns carry on conversations in German, even though their German roots go back several generations. Texas-style barbecue was also very heavily influenced by this wave of immigrants.

Also, I believe Galveston was settled early on by immigrants from Spain, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as European Jews... many of whom later relocated to Houston after the great hurricane of 1900. I know that when I was a kid growing up in Houston (I'm 50 now), there was still a small Italian neighborhood on the East side of town (Lawndale), but since then most of the Italian-Americans have spread themselves out across the metro and there is no longer any one centralized Italian neighborhood. Houston has nothing on New Orleans' level, but the heritage is still there.

Also, the coastal town of San Patricio, near Corpus Christi was mainly settled by Irish immigrants. San Patricio = Saint Patrick.
I think the Germans are given too much credit for their influence on most of the best barbecue you'll find in Texas.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I think the Germans are given too much credit for their influence on most of the best barbecue you'll find in Texas.
Well, I wasn't solely crediting Germans. Actually, most of the actual influence comes from Czech and Polish immigrants, and they're not solely credited either. What sets Texas barbecue apart from other Southern styles is the beef and sausage, and yes, the sausage part of it can definitely be credited to the "48ers". It's not an argument for "what's the best BBQ in Texas". It's simply a matter of how these immigrants made an impact on Texas culture.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Savannah. Irish and Greek. They had a Greek mayor for years. John Rousakis.

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:27 PM
 
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Tampa because it was the only other place in the South with a Mafia presence besides New Orleans.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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In colonial times, the south was founded by mostly English and Scots-Irish, some German. With the exception of recent Latino immigration, the south has always been strongly European in ancestry. Are we not counting the British as "European"? Or is colonial times too long ago to "count"?
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