European Origins of New Britain's Immigrants
Many of the early Polish immigrants came from the same villages in Europe.  This common phenomenon is known as "chain migration."  People followed family members and neighbors to the same North American towns and cities, to promised jobs, housing and land.
Although New Britain's large Polish population can be traced back to nearly all  regions of  Poland, the most frequent places of origin are Dąbrowa Białostocka, Myszyniec and Wola Raniżowska.
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Downtown New Britain ca. 1940