After the Swedish Deluge, Polish Brethren, who were seen as Swedish sympathizers, were told to convert or leave the country.
There is no evidence of Polish immigration to Catholic Spanish or French territories in North America in the 17th Century, which historian Frank Mocha suggests is a signal that early Poles were Protestants and wanted to live with Protestants in America.
These Poles were generally well educated and aristocratic.
Average incomes have increased from well below average to above average today, and Poles continue to expand into white-collar professional and managerial roles.
Poles are still well represented in blue collar construction and industrial trades, and many live in or near urban cities.
There are 10 million Americans of Polish descent in the U. today, making it the largest diaspora of Poles in the world.
Polish Americans have always been the largest group of Slavic origin in the United States.The history of Poles in the United States dates to the American Colonial era.Poles have lived in present-day United States territories for over 400 years—since 1608.Polish exiles originally sought refuge in England, but lacking support, sought peace in America.The majority of exiled Poles arrived in New Sweden, although some had gone to New Amsterdam and the English Virginia colony.They are well dispersed throughout the United States, intermarry at high levels, and have a very low rate of language fluency (less than 5% can speak Polish).