Author: Frantz Ludwig Michel


Arriving in Virginia; an excerpt from “Short Report of the American Journey, Which Was Made from the 2nd of October of Last Year to the First of December of this Current Year 1702” by Frantz Ludwig Michel (1702)

In this excerpt from his “Short Report of the American Journey,” written in 1702 and translated from the German by William J. Hinke in 1916, Frantz Ludwig Michel (also Francis Louis Michel) of Berne, Switzerland, describes traveling to Virginia. He was interested in establishing a Swiss colony, but failed. His letters and reports, however, helped to motivate the creation of a joint-stock company, George Ritter and Company, that founded New Bern, North Carolina, in 1710.