Sunday, October 31, 2010

Artisans to Jamestown

Four brickmakers applied for transportation to Jamestown in 1609 but it is unknown if they were sent to the colony because their names were not listed with the Second and Third supplies. In 1611 Mr. Dale arrived in Virginia, probably accompanied by a working class. His letter to the Council mentioned that one of the most important manufactures which the colonists had to perform was the manufacture of bricks. The various structures in Jamestown were cabins and cottages constructed of wood. In 1623 William Capps wrote the Deputy Treasurer that he was willing to undertake the erection of an inn at Elizabeth City and another at Jamestown, provided he be furnished with ten or twelve artisans, including brickmakers.

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