Christmas in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: The Moravians
The Moravians are mainstream Protestant Christians whose denomination was established in 1457 in what is now the Czech Republic. Many died during religious persecutions that took place in the seventeenth century. In the eighteenth century a German nobleman, Count Zinzendorf, undertook the protection of the remaining Moravians and allowed them to settle on his land. Seeking religious freedom and the opportunity to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ to American natives, settlers, and slaves, bands of Moravians began to emigrate from Germany to the American colonies in the eighteenth century.