Indian deed to Wouter van Twiller for land on Long Island

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We, director and council of New Netherland etc, herewith testify and declare, that today, date underwritten, personally before us appeared Tenkirauw, Ketaman, Ararikan, Awaghkou, Warinkehinck, Wappettawackenis, Ehetin, as owners, Penhawis, Kakapeteyno being present as chiefs of the district and declare, that voluntarily and advisedly, by special order of the rulers and with consent of the community, for certain goods, which they acknowledge to have received into their hands and power to their full satisfaction and contentment before the passing hereof, they have transferred, ceded, surrendered and conveyed as lawful, true and free possession, as they herewith transfer, cede, surrender and convey to and for the behoof of W. V. Twiller, director-general of New Netherland, the easternmost of the three flats, to them belonging, called Castetuen located on the island, by them called Suwanhackingh between the bay of the North River and the East River of New Netherland, stretching in length from a certain kil coming from the sea almost north into the woods and in width from a certain marsh eastward also into the woods, with all the action, rights and privileges etc...

Done on the island of Manhattan, 16 July 1636.

Jacobus van Corler
A. Hudde
Jacus Bentyn
Claes van Eslant


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.