Document: Patent of Anthony Portuguese for land on Manhattan Island

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Patent. Anthony Portuguese, negro; 6 morgens, 425 rods of land (Manhattan Island).

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We, Willem Kieft, etc... have given and granted to Antony Portugies, Negro, a piece of land to the west of Manuel Trompetter; it extends to the thicket next to the aforesaid Trompetter's land south by east a little southerly until the land of Groote Manuel 60 rods; along the end of the aforesaid's land west a little northerly 45 rods; again west and west by south 17 rods; then to the thicket north by west 67 rods; along the thicket 65 rods; amounting in all 6 morgens, 425 rods, with the express conditions etc...

Done at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, 5 September 1645.


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.

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