Monday, June 24, 2013

The First Tradesmen in Jamestown

Among the first men who made the voyage to Virginia in 1607, were four carpenters, two bricklayers, a blacksmith and a mason.  The London investors saw the need to have mechanics in the colony and issued advertisements to secure tradesmen.  In the second Supply ship, fourteen artisans were sent. By 1616, masons, wrights (for water and iron mills), shoemakers, taners, coopers, carpenters, and calkers had been sent. Source: Works o Capt. John Smith, p. 94.

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