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Mohawk Indians Propositions to Hendrick Hanse (Sinnonquirese)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02101 Author/Creator: Mohawk Indians Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1711/03/01 Pagination: 2p. + docket 29.8 x 19.1 cm

Summary of Content: P.1 states that 3 Mohawk Sachems appeared in Albany and requested that Hendrik Hanse, whom they call Sinnonquirese, appear at a general meeting at Sinnondoroge. P.2 records the Mohawks' proposition, dated 5 March 1711, at Sinnondoroge. The Mohawks tell Hanse that they think of him as one of their own people, and that they desire him to manage their affairs. They therefore request that he speak on their behalf and procure a fort and a minister for them. Jan Baptist van Eps signed as the interpreter of the proceedings.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryFortificationReligionImmigration and MigrationLand TransactionDiplomacy

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