Niederbronn les Bains and Historic Background

by Joe

Hi Suzele,

My ancestors came from Niederbronn les Bains in the 1700s, and I was always told they came from Germany.

Was Niederbronn a part of Germany in the 1700s.

Thank you for your help

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Niederbronn les Bains in Alsace
by: Suzele

Alsace was in France in the 1700s, not Germany. So Niederbronn les Bains was part of France then.

Alsace became part of France in th 1600s. It didn't become part of the German Empire until 1871 when France lost the Franco-Prussian War.

But Alsace has been a Germanic culture since the Germanic tribes crossed the Rhine river after the Roman Empire collapsed. This is why most of the village and city names don't sound very French.

Some of them have been turned into French, but they were not always like that.

Alsatians have only been speaking French on a regular basis for the last 70 years (more or less). Most of them spoke a version of the Alsatian dialect at home, although some of them needed to speak French at work.

If you're thinking about visiting Northern Alsace and particularly Niederbronn les Bains, you'll find lots of interesting information on the history of Alsace and its culture here.

Hope it helps,

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