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Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the Largest Polish Community in New York


Poles numbered among the earliest colonists in the New World and today, as their numbers exceed ten million, they represent the largest of the Slavic groups in America. Though claims have been made for Poles sailing with Viking ships exploring the New World before 1600, there is no hard evidence to support them. By 1609, however, Polish immigrants do appear in the annals of Jamestown, having been recruited by the colony as skilled craftsmen to create products for export. These immigrants were integral in the establishment of both the glassmaking and woodworking industries in the new colonies. An early Polish explorer, Anthony Sadowski, set up a trading post along the Mississippi River which later became the city of Sandusky, Ohio. Two other names of note occur in the early history of what would become the American republic: Polonia as the ethnic community is referred to is celebrated by annual marches on October 11, Pulaski Day.



Located in the East Village on 7th Street


Polish National Flag


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Much of the information contained in this site came from: http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Pa-Sp/Polish-Americans.html