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

Written in Dutch is the original 1661 Van Curler deed made with the Mohawks that set up Schenectady County. The page is from a book of deeds filed at the Albany County Hall of Records.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Written in Dutch is the original 1661 Van Curler deed made with the Mohawks that set up Schenectady County. The page is from a book of deeds filed at the Albany County Hall of Records.
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Peter Minuit wasn't the only 17th century Dutchman who knew how to get a good deal from the Native Americans. In July of 1661, 35 years after Minuit bought Manhattan Island from the Indians for 60 Dutch guilders, Schenectady founder Arendt Van Curler purchased what was called the "Groote Vlachte," or Great Flat, an area of land on the Mohawk River now mostly occupied by the General Electric Company. It was great farmland, at first ...


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hodgkinst
July 27, 2011
11:41 a.m.

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great article

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