Indian deed to Michiel Paauw for land on Staten Island

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We, director and council in New-Netherland, etc... testify and declare herewith, that today, date as below, personally appeared Krahorat, Tamekap, Tetemakwemama, Wieromies, Siearewach, Sackwewew, Wissipoock, Saheinsios or the young one, inhabitants, owners and inheritors of the island called by us Staten-Island, on the west side of Hamels Hooftden, who declare that for a certain lot of merchandise, delivered to and received by them before the passing of this act, they have sold, transferred, ceded and delivered as true and lawful freehold, as they herewith according to a bill of sale and contract, transfer, cede, convey and deliver to and for the benefit of Mr. Michiel Paauw, in whose absence we receive it ex officio under the usual conditions; the aforesaid land with its forest, appendencies and dependencies rights and jurisdiction, belonging to them individually or collectively, or which they might derive hereafter, constituting and substituting the aforesaid Mr. Paauw, in their stead and place, giving him actual and real possession thereof, as well as complete and irrevocable authority and special power etc... Done on the island of Manahatas in Fort Amsterdam the 10th of August in the year 1630.


Translation: Gehring, C. trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vols. GG, HH & II, Land Papers, 1630-1664 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1980).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.