Rudolf E. Greuer/Johannes-Traugott Greuer:
Friedrich Carl Ludwig Koch‘s Exploration of the Mining Districts of North America in 1850
Friedrich Carl Ludwig Koch, the owner of glass works, was a highly successful entrepreneur. In 1850 he travelled to North America for personal reasons. On that occasion he also visited the new copper and iron mines at the southern Lake Superior as well as the lead mines in Wisconsin. His aim was to explore opportunities for the settlement of Harz miners for the Hanoverian Government.
This article outlines the development of the mining regions visited and compares them with Koch‘s evaluations and prognoses. It is followed by detailed descriptions of Koch‘s recommendations, which responsibly adopt the concern for the emigrants´ welfare as their central issue. Finally the affinity of Koch‘s intentions with the emigration policy of the Upper Harz mining authorities is emphasized.