Early Colonial Settlement in Kingsbridge

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    ndembowski
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    At my upcoming presentation at the Van Cortlandt House Museum next week, I am going to delve deep into what Kingsbridge was like in the late 1600’s–and I am excited to reveal some of my new research.  As a sneak preview, I will explain this portion of a little known 1684 map, which shows an early colonial settlement in the area.

    I am also discussing the American origins of Santa Claus, Adriaen van der Donck’s homesite, and the Van Cortlandts’ debt to a female single-mother-turned-merchant in New Amsterdam.  Not to mention Washington at the Van Cortlandt House, beaver-pelts, Native Americans, the first Africans, and the plantation that would become today’s park.  I hope you all can make it!  It’s next Thursday (5/16) at 7 PM at the Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park.

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