WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SETTLING THE CZECH
Profile America — Monday, February 29th. Immigration as an item of government involvement appeared on Colonial America's shores 350 years ago. Born in Bohemia, essentially today's Czech Republic, Auguste Herman came to the New World initially to work for the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, now New York. A surveyor and cartographer of considerable talent, Herman's work took him to the Chesapeake Bay, on the shores of which he wished to settle. Because he wasn't born a British subject, he had to apply for citizenship in the Maryland colony. In early 1666, the colonial assembly made him the first what might be called naturalized citizen in America. In today's population of over 322 million, nearly 19 million are foreign-born citizens. Around 1.4 million Americans are of Czech ancestry. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Robertson's Book of Firsts, pp. 33 & 34
Herman's Biography: https://books.google.com/books?id=e487MlEWyOUC&pg=PA362&lpg=PA362&dq=Augustine+Herman+1666&source=bl&ots=NLk8UsZ8rj&sig=TSpki2Fl3brto-FpAc-I4nrjQKU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgquqZ2-DJAhWGXB4KHfU2A-o4ChDoAQgfMAE#v=onepage&q=Augustine%20Herman%201666&f=false
On the Chesapeake
Foreign born: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_5YR_S0501&prodType=table
Czech ancestry population:
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau