The Early Arrival of the Germanic Immigrants, 1836-1854.

PS Anthony Wayne

The first Fourty-eighters arrived in Davenport, Iowa via steamboat. The Passenger Steamboat Anthony Wayne, also known as PS General Wayne, brought the Forty-eighters from ports in New Orleans to Davenport in 1847. 

The exact reason why the Germanic immigrants from the states of Schleswig and Holstein is unknown. It may have been due to the ability for them to find new lands that had been recently open to settlement. The first Germanic immigrants arrived in the region in 1836, Many of these individuals farmed or worked trades jobs and one was a physician. These people, especially the physician, wrote to their family and friends in Schleswig-Holstein and influenced many future immigrants to come to Davenport.

The Early Arrival of the Germanic Immigrants, 1836-1854.