Category:Amana Colonies (Iowa)

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English: The Amana Colonies were built and settled by German Pietists in Iowa, USA, comprising seven villages. They had first settled in New York state near Buffalo in what is now the town of West Seneca. However, they moved west, to east-central Iowa (near Iowa City) and the society purchased 18,000 acres of land. Between 1854 and 1859 the six Amana villages were founded: Amana (main Amana), West Amana, Süd (South) Amana, Amana vor der Höhe (High Amana), Ost (East) Amana and Mittel (Middle) Amana. A seventh Amana village, Homestead, was purchased because it was a station on the railroad. They lived a communal life until the mid-1930s.