Ancient Babylonians were the first civilization to: Like many ethnic groups, Chaldeans began immigrating to the Metropolitan Detroit area in the 1920s in search of better economic, religious and political freedom and opportunities.While some were lured by Henry Ford’s famous -a-day working wage, in true Chaldean fashion entrepreneurial endeavors quickly took hold – particularly mom and pop food markets. Metro Detroit has the world’s largest population outside of Iraq, with an estimated 150,000 people.
Historically, Chaldeans are from the Arab World but are not Arabs.
The Chaldean people of today are descendants of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations and the Aramean legacy of Mesopotamia.
Today, 61% of Chaldean households own one business and 39% own two or more. An estimated 300,000 more Chaldeans/Assyrians reside throughout the United States, particularly in Arizona, California, Illinois and other states.
The population enjoys steady growth thanks to a constant influx of Christian refugees who have fled Iraq in the face of religious persecution.
A small Amorite-ruled state emerged in 1894 BC, which contained at this time the minor administrative town of Babylon.
Babylon greatly expanded from the small provincial town that it had originally been during the Akkadian Empire (2335-2154 BC) during the reign of Hammurabi in the first half of the 18th century BC, becoming a major capital city.
Babylonia briefly became the major power in the region after Hammurabi (fl. The Babylonian state, like Assyria to the north, retained the written Akkadian language for official use (the language of its native populace), despite its Northwest Semitic-speaking Amorite founders and Kassite successors, who spoke a language isolate, not being native Mesopotamians.
It retained the Sumerian language for religious use (as did Assyria), but already by the time Babylon was founded, this was no longer a spoken language, having been wholly subsumed by Akkadian.
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