Alexander Spotswood established a colony of German immigrants in Germanna in 1714, partly for frontier defense but mainly to operate his newly developed ironworks. The Germanna Colonies consist primarily of the First Colony of forty-two persons from the Siegerland area in Germany brought to Virginia to work for Spotswood in 1714, and the Second Colony of twenty families from the Palatinate and Baden-Wuerttemberg area of Germany brought in 1717. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanna
Germanna Colony/Genealogy - In the summer of 1713 my ancestors, Hans Jacob Rector with his wife and son left for the new world with 1714 immigrants from Nassau Siegen, Germany. He then owned 150 acres of land at Germantown, Virginia.
This is "the banner of the Culpeper Minute Men, militia out of Culpeper, Virginia, formed in 1775.... The rattlesnake, a uniquely American reptile, was first used as a symbol by Benjamin Franklin, in 1751, in a satirical editorial in the Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin suggested the colonies thank Britain for sending their convicted criminals to America by sending the British rattlesnakes."