Indian deed to George Rapalje for land on Long Island

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We, director general and council of New Netherland, etc. testify and declare, that on the date underwritten personally appeared before us Kakapetteyno, Pewichaas, as owners of this district, and declared that voluntarily and advisedly, by special order of the rulers and with consent of the community there, for and in consideration of a lot of merchandise, 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 George Rapalje a certain piece of land, called Rinnegachonck, located upon the Long Island, south of the island, Manhattan, containing blank ] morgens and reaching from a kil to the woods, south and east to a certain thicket, where the water runs over the stones, with all the action, rights and privileges, etc.

Done on the island of Manhattan, this 16 June 1637.

W. v. Twiller
J. van Corler
A. Hudde
Jacus Benteyn
Claes van Elslant


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 the New Netherland Institute website.