Why were the Polish
For your information we are forwarding a letter written by the President
of the Polish American Congress to the editor of the “U.S. News & World
Report.” In response to the voiced concern, the journal is going to
publish one more, corrected, story in the next issue. During personal
communication, the editor assured President Spula that the forthcoming
story would accurately present Polish contributions to the Jamestown
excluded from the Jamestown story?
Polish Daily News, 9-11 February 2007, Nr 29 Rok (Vol.) C, pages 1, 3.
A letter from the President of the Polish American Congress and the
Polish National Alliance, to the editor of the “U.S. News & World
Report”. Why were the Polish settlers excluded from the Jamestown story?
[Polish American Congress Letterhead]
U.S. News & World report
Mr. Lewis Lord
1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Dear Mr. Lord:
I have been an avid reader of U.S. News & World report since my days in
college, which has been many years ago, reading many interesting
articles over time.
Your recent edition of January 29th - February 5th, 2007 captured my
attention with the picture and caption of The First Americans. I took
great interest in reading the article and must admit to be appalled with
the omission of historical facts by such a credible publisher with such
tremendous resources of accessible data.
In your article you mentioned many ethnics groups: the Dutch, English,
Germans, Scandinavians, French, Enslaved Africans. However, you
neglected to refer to one equally important group of settlers and that
was from Poland who according to history, arrived in Jamestown October
1, 1608. They were hired to make glass, tar, pitch and soap ashes. This
is confirmed in the memories of Capitan John Smith.
Based on research by well-known authors, there is much evidence of the
Poles' participation in Jamestown.
Your article is not an accurate description of facts and it is insulting
to me personally, to our Polish forefathers, to the approximate twelve
millions Polish Americans living in this country as well as the millions
of citizens of Poland itself.
For your education, it was the Poles that ran the glass factory and
exported the first products to Europe with the imprint “made in
America”. Furthermore, it is noted in the annals of history that the
Polish glassmakers, tar and pitch manufactures initiated the first
strike for equal rights and won a speedy victory noted in the Records of
the Virginia Company.
To further support my argument, president Dwight D, Eisenhower at the
350th anniversary celebration of Jamestown, sent a telegram to the
president of the Polish American Congress, Charles Rozmarek which was
read by Secretary of State Fred A. Seton, it read as follows: “It is a
pleasure to send the greetings to the members of the Polish American
Congress joined in the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the
arrival of the first Poles to the shores of our continent.
Since the earliest days, Americans of Polish origin have contributed
much of their rich culture, historical and spiritual heritage to this
land. In the development and continuing promise of our country, Polish
American citizens play a vital role. Best wishes for a fine
Being that U.S. News and World Report is so widely read across the
continent, I would appreciate your investigation the following sources
and set the record straight.
Attached is a photo copy of the cover from the London edition of 1629
authored by Capitan John Smith, the history of Virginia the colonies and
In addition, is a copy of a letter from the Jamestown Settlement Museum
dated May 22, 1992 signed by Sara E. Paton, its Director confirming the
arrival of Polish glassblowers who came to Jamestown in 1608.
Looking forward to hearing from you, I remain
Frank J. Spula
President Polish American Congress &
Polish National Alliance