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Germanna First Colony

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Date: 1714 [unknown]
Location: Virginiamap
Surnames/tags: Germanna_Virginia Germany
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Germanna First Colony

Germanna was a German settlement in the Colony of Virginia, settled in four waves, first in 1714 the Germanna First Colony, second beginning in 1717 Germanna Second Colony, third came the 1725 Germanna Settlers, and finally, the Little Fork Colony.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood encouraged the immigration by advertising in Germany for miners to move to Virginia and establish a mining industry in the colony.[1] In 1714, fourteen individuals with families totaling forty-two persons from the town of Siegen (Siegerland, Germany) and Muesen in the principality of Nassau-Siegen, Germany were persuaded to come to Virginia. They arrived in Virginia at Tappahannock in the spring of 1714, and then came up the Rappahannock River where they settled 20 miles west of Fredericksburg at a location that would be called Fort Germanna.

The families were:


  1. Wikipedia: Germanna (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanna

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