The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Germans arrive ... in 1608

A celebration of the arrival 400 years ago of Germans at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, includes a Web site that focuses on the contributions of these and later immigrants and a TV series, Germans in America.

At presstime, events slated for April 18-20 in Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg were to have culminated with a German-English worship service honoring Johannes Fleischer, the Younger, who had arrived the previous year with the colony’s original English settlers. The son of a Lutheran pastor, Fleischer was a botanist and physician who came in search of healing plants, said Gary Grassl, planner of the celebration. What Fleischer found, however, were colonists suffering from the effects of drought, lack of provisions and sickness. He died in summer 1608, just 15 months after he arrived.


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