Huguenots were the first refugees. Unlike any other group of immigrants, they were forbidden from leaving France. Over 250,000 risked capture, prison, torture and even death for the sake of freedom.
Click here to read Judith Gilton's letter to her brother where she describes her harrowing journey from France to America (by kind permission of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina). Another letter written by Louis Thibou and can be found at http://www.teachingushistory.org/lessons/Thibou.htm.