Document: Patent of Jan Jansen Damen for land on Manhattan Island

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Patent. Jan Jansen Damen; land on both sides of the common Highway, on the island of Manhattan, adjoining Cornelis van Tienhoven's property, a road running between both.

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We, Willem Kieft, etc... have given and granted to Jan Jansen Damen land located on both sides of the common road on the island of Manhattan north of the fort; the piece that lies between the river and the aforesaid road extends 75 rods north east; and on the north side till to the beach 61½ rods; on the south side till to the beach 38 rods in a regular line 68 rods; there is a projecting point on the north side; on the east side it extends along the public road 50 rods, on the south side next to the Company's land east; a little easterly 72 rods, 9 feet, 5 inches to the land of Tymen Jansen 52 and 2/3 rods next to the aforesaid land of Tymen Jansen till by the beach east by south and east south east 37 rods and 3 feet along by the aforesaid land till the lot of Maryn 70 rods and 8 feet; and it extends further from the north end on the east side of Maryn's land next to the road running between the land of Secretary Cornelis van Tienhoven and the aforesaid land of Jan Damen throughout till to the starting point at the common highway, with the express conditions etc...

Done at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, 25 April 1644.


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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