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The ancestors of the modern Romanian people managed to preserve their Latin heritage despite Gothic, Slavic, Greek, Hungarian, and Turkish conquests, and the Romanian language has survived as a member of the Romance languages group.
Romania has been subjected to numerous occupations by foreign powers since the Middle Ages.
Romanians have a recorded presence of almost 250 years on American soil.
In the late eighteenth century, a Transylvanian priest named Samuel Damian immigrated to America for scientific reasons.
On December 22, 1989, the Communist regime was overthrown and Ceauşescu was executed on Christmas Day.
In the post-Communist years, various changes have occurred, including a free press, free elections, and a multi-party electorate bringing to power a democratic government (President Emil Constantinescu, 1996– ).
George Pomutz (1818-1882) joined the Fifteenth Volunteer Regiment of Iowa and fought at such battlefields as Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg, and was later promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
Under Antonescu's influence, Romania became an ally of Nazi Germany during World War II and fought against the Soviet Union.
In 1849, a group of Romanians came to California during the Gold Rush but, being unsuccessful, migrated to Mexico.
Romanians continued to immigrate to America during this period and some distinguished themselves in the Union Army during the Civil War.
They came from various regions, including Wallachia and Moldavia.
The majority of these immigrants—particularly those from Transylvania and Banat—were unskilled laborers who left their native regions because of economic depression and forced assimilation, a policy practiced by Hungarian rulers.Following the death of Carol I, his nephew, Ferdinand (1865-1927), became king and led the country into World War I against the Central Powers.