First Poles Arrive

First Poles Arrive (HM19JH)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
Country: United States of America

N 37° 13.769', W 76° 46.837'

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Skilled craftsmen of Polish origin recruited by the Virginia Company began arriving in Jamestown aboard the Mary and Margaret about 1 Oct. 1608. Poles contributed to the development of a glass factory and the production of potash, naval stores, and wood products. Soon samples of their work were shipped back to England. The workers were so highly prized that they were assigned apprentices so that their skill "shall not dye with them." Capt. John Smith praised their work ethic in his writings. Court records indicate that as a result of a labor dispute, Poles were granted full voting rights on 21 July 1619.
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HM NumberHM19JH
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Marker NumberW 100
Year Placed2011
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 4:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 342038 N 4121815
Decimal Degrees37.22948333, -76.78061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.769', W 76° 46.837'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 46.14" N, 76° 46' 50.22" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2000-2048 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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