Friday, July 02, 2004

Weavers In High Demand in Colonial America

Williamsburg weaver
Williamsburg weaver, originally uploaded by mharrsch.
The middle colonies attracted Dutch spinners and weavers, despite the prohibition against textile manufacture by Dutch West Indian Co, owners of "New Netherland". Pennsylvania held English, Welsh, Irish, Dutch, German, and Quaker settlers with textile manufacturing based in Philadelphia and Germantown; land was given to professional weavers to induce them to come to the colonies.

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