I was fascinated when I learned that the first migrant workers on this continent were European. Well before Jamestown, large numbers came here in the summer to fish, hunt, mine, and cut timber. Tulip-trees were one of the most desirable. Their tall strait growth was ideal for masts, spars and beams. The current national champion is 100 feet tall, with a girth of 390 inches. I'm sure the trees of the forests of the 1600's were even larger.