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New York City: A place of many diverse and debatable histories (3 Stories)

New Online Archive Shows Colonial New York Was Rowdy, Filthy, Smelly (National Geographic, by Andrea Stone for National Geographic Published December 20, 2014):

“WHEREAS we have experienced the insolence of some of our inhabitants, when drunk, their quarrelling, hitting and fighting each other even on the Lords day of rest, of which we ourselves have witnessed the painful example last Sunday in contravention of law, to the contempt and disgrace of our person and office, to the annoyance of our neighbors, and to the disregard, nay contempt of Gods holy laws and ordinances …”

So begins the first edict issued by the newly appointed director-general of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant. The decree went on to prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sunday before “preaching” was over. [Read the full article here]

America’s first urban myth?, Posted by Dennis Zotigh at 03:37:44 PM in American History, Beyond FAQ: Let’s talk :

One famous story in American history involves the sale of Manhattan. In this legend, Manhattan Island was sold by Indians in exchange for trinkets and beads. If it were true, it would arguably be one of the greatest real estate deals in history. To date, no deed of land transfer, formal title or bill of sale has ever surfaced to serve as proof of this purchase by the Dutch from the Indians.  So is this transaction legal?

Housed in the Rijksarchief (the Dutch National Archives) in The Hague, Netherlands, is a letter that references the sale of the Manhattes (Manhattan) written by the Dutch merchant Pieter Schagen, dated November 5, 1626. (A copy of the letter and translation in both Dutch and English can be accessed here.) In this letter Schagen wrote, “They have purchased the Island of Manhattes from the savages for the value of 60 guilders.” Schagen’s letter does not verify either the date of sale or who sold Manhattan on behalf of which tribe of Indians. Further, historians and scholars cannot agree on which tribe actually received payment in exchange for Manhattan. Included in historical references associated with the sale of Manhattan are the Lenape, Manahatin, Canarsie, Shinnecock, and Munsee Indians. [Click here to read entire story]

Peach Tree War, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Peach Tree War, also known as the Peach War, was a large scale attack by the Susquehannock Nation and allied Native Americans on several New Netherland settlements along the Hudson River (then called the North River), centered on New Amsterdam and Pavonia on September 15, 1655.

The attack was motivated by the Dutch conquest of New Sweden, a close trading partner and protectorate of the Susquehannock, The attack was a decisive victory for the Native Americans, and many outlying Dutch settlements were forced to temporarily garrison in Fort Amsterdam. Some of these settlements, such as the Staten Island colony, were completely abandoned; while others were soon repopulated (and equipped with better defenses), as Director-General Stuyvesant shortly repurchased the rights to settle the west bank of the North River from the Native Americans. [Click here to read full article]


NatGeo Article: Hidden Streams Under Cities Are Exposed to Light of Day [VIDEO]

by Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic (Published November 25, 2014)

WASHINGTON—A small stream gurgles under a historic stone bridge, once used by Revolutionary War patriots to transport supplies. For more than a century, the bridge was bricked up, the stream beneath it just a dry, eroded channel.

As in many places, this tributary of the Broad Branch stream had been forced underground around the turn of the century, through a program designed to rid Washington, D.C., of surface water. At the time, malaria was a major killer, and cities around the world were draining any kind of standing water or “swamp,” out of both a fear of mosquito-borne disease and a desire to create more land for development.

[READ ARTICLE HERE: Hidden Streams Under Cities Are Exposed to Light of Day.]

KITTYCAM: What Your Sweet, Harmless Little Kitty Is Doing When You’re Not Watching [VIDEO]

 Your cat has a secret life when it’s outside. The Kitty Cam project is an attempt to see the world they way your cat does when you’re not watching. The videos are ‘rough’ (cats make poor cinematographers), but as a peek into an unknown feline world, are fascinating.

The National Geographic & University of Georgia

Kitty Cams (Crittercam) Project

“A window into the world of free-roaming cats”