This book is the story of a Waldensian family that emigrated to Uruguay from Europe
in 1858. In 1875 the family relocated to southern Missouri in the USA.
Etienne and Catherine Courdin with their four surviving children departed from Villar
Pellice and sailed to Uruguay. Their destination was a Waldensian agricultural colony
in the frontier west of Montevideo.
Conditions in Uruguay become intolerable
Strife within the church and marauding bandits proved too much to bear even after
working 17 years to change the virgin land into a practical farm. In 1875 the Courdins
emigrate again, this time to southern Missouri in the USA.
Famine threatens Waldensian valleys
The centuries of persecution were over by the 1800's but now the Waldenses were imperiled by scarcity of food. The population had enlarged to the extent that it could no longer be supported by the rocky terrain.
Courdin family leaves for Uruguay
The immigrants from Uruguay were soon joined by other Waldenses from Europe to form
the first Waldensian colony in the midwestern United States. Scores of their descendants
live in the area today.
Waldenses slaughtered in Piedmontese Easter
Troops of the Duke of Savoy invaded the haven of the Protestants at dawn on Easter
1655 in a bestial frenzy of murder, rape and pillage.