In 1855, when the first schisms appeared among the followers of Etienne Cabet, another socialist group of immigrants arrived in the United States, hoping to establish a communitarian society there. The group was multinational and included French, Belgians, Germans, Swiss, and Swedes. They were all followers of the Fourierist school of thought who had assembled under the influence of Victor Considerant, 1 a disciple and spiritual heir of Fourier.