First Manhattans

First Manhattans A concise history of the Indians said to have sold Manhattan for 24The Indian sale of Manhattan is one of the world s most cherished legends Few people know that the Indians who made the fabled sale were Munsees whose ancestral homeland lay between the lower Hudson and upper Delaware river valleys The story of the Munsee people has long lain unnoticed in broader histories of the Delaware Nation First Manhattans, a concise and lively distillation of the author s comprehensive The Munsee Indians, resurrects the lost history of this forgotten people, from their earliest contacts with Europeans to their final expulsion just before the American Revolution Anthropologist Robert S Grumet rescues from obscurity Mattano, Tackapousha, Mamanuchqua, and other Munsee sachems whose influence on Dutch and British settlers helped shape the course of early American history in the mid Atlantic heartland He looks past the legendary sale of Manhattan to show for the first time how Munsee leaders forestalled land hungry colonists by selling small tracts whose vaguely worded and bounded titles kept courts busy and settlers out for than 150 years.Ravaged by disease, war, and alcohol, the Munsees finally emigrated to reservations in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ontario, where most of their descendants still live today With the four hundredth anniversary of Hudson s voyage to the river that bears his name, this book shows how Indians and settlers struggled, through land deals and other transactions, to reconcile cultural ideals with political realities It offers a wide audience access to the most authoritative treatment of the Munsee experience one that restores this people to their place in history. Download First Manhattans By Robert S. Grumet –

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • First Manhattans
  • Robert S. Grumet
  • 03 April 2018
  • 0806141638

10 thoughts on “First Manhattans

  1. says:

    This is a good, straightforward history of the Munsee people of what is now NY State, from the first arrivals of the Europeans to the present Reading it I was all too aware of how little I studied Native American history growing up because when there was reference to the French or the Dutch I d immediately have something to picture in my mind, while the different Indian nations are familiar names without that kind of association The Munsee,than many other nations, aren t so remembere This is a good, straightforward history of the Munsee people of what is n...

  2. says:

    A fascinating study on the forgotten Munsee people, the Native Americans of New York The book examines how they coped with the arrival of European settlers and spent the next two hundred years trying to find a way ...

  3. says:

    Well it makes so much sense now Growing up in NY living in PA, NJ MA all these bizarre funny sounding names were all because of the Native Americans Indigenous people It was really interesting to see how these various tribe nations all came about ended up crossing state lines although those lines didn t really exist The Indians were of a regional area some moved around due to settlers forcing them to move, which of course was not what they should be doing It s prett Well it makes ...

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