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A document for the ages: Original 1661 deed details purchase of land from three Mohawk chiefs

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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It was great farmland, at first coveted by the Mohicans before they lost control of the place to the Mohawks.
The July 27, 1661, deed, 350 years old and now a part of the collection of the Albany County Hall of Records, indicates that Van Curler convinced three Mohawk sachems — Cantuquo, Sonareetsie and Aidane — to sign their mark on the document giving possession of the land to Van Curler. In return, Van Curler presented the Indians with “six hundred hands of good Wheyte Wampum, six Koates of Duffels, thirty barrs of lead, and nine bags of gunpowder.”...

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