As part of AMORC's traditional and chronological history - in 1694 the voyage of a vessel - the Sarah Maria - brought the first Rosicrucians to America - landing in Philadelphia - and under the leadership of Johannes Kelpius the first settlement was made there - with a later move to western Penna. to a place called Ephrata. Many moons later - H. Spencer Lewis renewed Rosicrucian activities in America with the incorporation of AMORC in New York City in 1915.
That was the beginning of Rosicrucianism in America and then there was the beginning of Rosicrucianism in the Ancient World as shown here:
Our Roots in the Ancient World
The Rosicrucian movement, of which the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is the most prominent modern representative, has its roots in the mystery traditions, philosophy, and myths of ancient Egypt dating back to approximately 1500 B.C. In antiquity the word “mystery” referred to a special gnosis, a secret wisdom. Thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt select bodies or schools were formed to explore the mysteries of life and learn the secrets of this hidden wisdom. Only sincere students, displaying a desire for knowledge and meeting certain tests were considered worthy of being inducted into these mysteries. Over the course of centuries these mystery schools added an initiatory dimension to the knowledge they transmitted.
(From AMORCs Official Site - www.rosicrucian.org/about/mastery/mastery08history.html)
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