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Germanna Colonies

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Germanna was a German settlement in the Colony of Virginia, North America that was populated by multiple waves of immigrants starting in 1714. The first two waves of immigrants are known as the First Colony and the Second Colony. The name of the settlement was chosen by Alexander Spotswood, who had been given a series of land grants. In 1720, Germanna became part of Spotsylvania County.[1][2]

The First Colony was made up of individuals from Siegerland who traveled to London in 1713. In January 1714, the group left London and arrived in the Colony of Virginia in April.[1][2]

The Second Colony was made up of individuals from the Kraichgau and the Palatinate, who were traveling on the ship Scott to the Colony of Pennsylvania around 1717-1718. The captain of the Scott took their money and knowing that he would get a good rate of the individuals as indentured servants, instead, took them to the Colony of Virginia. The Second Colony was also made up of other Germans that also left around 1717 and arrived later than the passengers on the Scott.[1][2]

Additional immigrants arrived in Germanna around 1725 and in the 1730's a small group of individuals arrived and settled the Little Fork area in Culpeper County.[2]

Emigrant Waves

Information on each wave of emigration can be found on the colony pages:


Individual colonists have been categorized as follows:

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Hi Allison, Could you please add the Germany Project - [email address removed] - as co-manager of this space page? Thanks! Traci
posted by Traci Thiessen