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Livingston, Robert (1654-1728) Deposition of Symon Groot

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02016 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert (1654-1728) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1688/07/02 Pagination: 2p. + docket 31.4 x 20 cm

The deposition explains that Symon Groot came to the colony in 1638 to trade with the West India Company, and throughout his time here he has repeatedly endangered himself by fighting with the Mohawks in their war with the French and their Indians. He also explains the practice of taking hostages among the French and Indians, and how the Indians learned to torture prisoners from their experience with the French. Document is marked as a copy.

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