The Vineyard of Sour Grapes

August 18, 2019


The history of Goshen, Indiana, according to Wikipedia:

Goshen was platted in 1831.
It was named after the Land of Goshen
[the place in the Bible that the Egyptian pharaoh of Joseph gave to the Hebrews].
The initial settlers consisted entirely of old stock “Yankee” immigrants,
who were descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the 1600s.
The New England Yankee population that founded towns such as Goshen
considered themselves the “chosen people” and identified with the Israelites of the Old Testament.
[They] thought of North America as their Canaan.

The Yankee migration to Indiana was a result of several factors,
one of which was the overpopulation of New England.
As a result, there was not enough land for every family to have a self-sustaining farm,
and Yankee settlers began leaving New England for the Midwestern United States.

Bible References

  • Isaiah 5:1 - 7