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1608
German immigrants were among the followers of Captain Jaohn Smith at the colony of Jmaestown. They were the first to manufacture tar, glass, pitch, and soap in America.
1620
Four millwrights from Hamburg erected the first sawmill in America in Virginia
1626
The first prominent German-American was Peter Minuit, director of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, who purchased Manhattan for $24.
1653
Germans from Heidelberg introduced vineyards and winemaking to America.
1683
Thirteen families from the Rhineland, led by a Frankfurt Lawyer, Franz Daniel Pastorius, founded Germantown in Pennsylvania, the first German-American settlement in the New WOrld.
1683
German-American schools established at Germantown.
1690
The first protest against slavery issued at Germantown, not in English but in German.
1690
William Rittinghausen established the first paper mill in America at Germantown.
1690
Jacob Leisler, born in Frankfurt, was elected the first people's goverenor of New York, and called the first Congress of American colonies. It was one of the earliest protests against British Rule.
1714
The first book on teaching was published , not in Englaish but in German, by Christopher Dock, a German-American teachr. He introduced the blackboard into the American classroom.
1734
John Peter Zenger established freedom of the press by protesting British rule in his New York newspaper, the New York Weekly Journal.
1739
Casper Wistar built a glassmaking plant at Salem, New Jersey.
1743
the first bible printed in America was not in Englsih but in German. Christopher Sauer of Philadelphia published it.
1771
First foundry for making type established by christopher Sauer.
1776
An early publiscation of the Declaration of Independence appeared in German in the Philadelphia Staatsbote on July 9th.
1776
Congress established a German-American regiment consisting of four compainies.
1778
Baron von Steuben wrote the first U.S. Army training manuel and helped to organize the U.S. Army.
1789
Frederick A. Meuhlenberg becam the first Speaker of the newly formed House of Representatives.
1789
Gottlieb Graupner arrived in Boston and became known later as the father of orchestral music in the U.S.
1800
German-Americans voted overwhelmingly for thomas Jerfferson and helped elect him to the Presidency.
1830s
German-Americans introduced gaily-decorated christmas trees to America.
1834
The richest man in the U.S. was John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant who had organized the American Fur Company.
1834
More than 500 bilingual schools in the U.S.: the first biligual school system in the U. S. ( German not Spanish)
1835
Wilhelm Wessehoeft introduced homeopathy medicine to the U.S.
1837
The Pennsylvania legislature began publishing its laws and governor's message in German translation.
1839
Theodore Bernhard organized and introduced the first system of free textbooks at Watertown , Wisconsin.
1846
Maximilian Schaefer establish the first great lager beer brewery in America.
1849
Eberhard Faber establsih in New York the pencil business which still perpetuates his name.
1849
Dr. Abraham Jocbi opened the first free clinic for children in the U.S.
1851
The famous painting,"Washington Crossing the Delaware," painted by Emmanuel Leutze.