Document: Indian deed for a tract of land on Long Island

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Indian deed for the land on Long Island from Kynen (Coney) island to Gouwanes along the North river, and from Coney Island along the seashore to Weywittsprittner, and thence north by west and north northwest to Gouwanes aforesaid.

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We, Willem Kieft, etc... testify and declare herewith, that today, date underwritten, before us personally appeared Seysey, chief, Sepinto, Ponitaranachgyne, chiefs and owners of the lands between the Coney Island to Gouwanes along the North River and from Coney Island along the seashore to Weywitsprittner and then north by west and north north west to Gouwanes aforesaid, who declared, that with consent and approval of the other Indians, for and in consideration of a certain quantity of merchandise, which they acknowledge to have received to their satisfaction and contentment before the passing hereof, they have transferred, ceded, surrendered and conveyed in true, free and lawful possession to and for the behoof of the noble lords directors of the Chartered West India Company, Department of Amsterdam, the before described parcel of land located upon Long Island, with all the action rights and privileges etc...

Done at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, 10 September 1645.

Oloff Stevensen
Cornells van Tienhoven
Willem Kieft
La Montagne


From the collections of the New York State Archives, Albany, New York.  

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Published bound volume is also available: Translation: Gehring, C. trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vols. GG, HH & II, Land Papers, 1630-1664 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1980).

Copyright to the published bound volume is held by the Holland Society of New York.
A complete copy of this publication is available on the
New Netherland Institute website.

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