Indian deed to Kilian van Renselaer for land on the North River

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We, director and council of New Netherland, etc...testify and declare herewith, that today, date underwritten, before us appeared Peter Minuit, director, Bastian Jansz Crol, commissary and Dirck Coornelisz Duyster, deputy commissary at Fort Orange, and declared, that on the 18th of April last past personally appeared before them Paepechkene, Kemptas, Nanaucontamhat and Sickeposem, lawful owners and proprietors of the land called Sannahhagag, located on the west side of the North river stretching in length from a little above Beeren Island the river upwards to Smackx Island and in width two days' journey inland for themselves and for the other co-proprietors of the same land, which they in their aforesaid quality voluntarily and advisedly declared to have transferred, ceded and delivered, as they herewith transfer, cede and deliver as lawful, inalienable and free possession by virtue and title of sale for a certain quantity of merchandise, which they, the grantors, in their aforesaid quality acknowledge to have received before the passing hereof; to and for the behoof of Mr. Killian van Renselaer (absent) for whom they accept it under the usual stipulations; to wit: as to the aforesaid land with all the actions rights and privileges etc...

Done on the aforesaid island, of Manhattan at Fort Amsterdam.


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.