Who are the Wends?
The Wends are a Slavic people from Eastern Germany. Historically they have lived in a region called Lusatia, which is primarily located in Eastern Germany today. Though the Wends have never had their own nation, they do have their own language (Sorbian) and distinct culture.
Conditions in Lusatia in the early nineteenth century caused some Wends to contemplate immigration. Beginning in 1849, some immigrated to Texas seeking to preserve their faith, language, and culture. The largest group, consisting of about 570 persons, sailed for Texas in 1854 along with their pastor, the Rev. Jan Kilian. These Wends settled in the southern part of modern-day Lee County and established a community called Serbin.
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