Beaver's Path

Beaver's Path (HMFZ3)

Location: New York, NY 10004 New York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 42.286', W 74° 0.859'

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Birth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York

? Battery Place at Greenwich Street
Dutch Name: ? Bever Straet

Here, on a sandyshore, Lenape Indians beached their canoes to trade beaver and otter pelts for Dutch cloth, kettles, and metal tools. To the Lenape, this was Manahatt, a word perhaps meaning "island of many hills." Native peoples had lived in the region for some ten thousand years. Here they camped, hunted, fished, and farmed. Their footpaths crisscrossed the island, and some became Dutch roads and streets.

Following Hudson's voyage, the Dutch West India Company placed settlers here in 1625-26 to exploit the region's bounty of furs. Skins trapped by the Lenape and Iroquois were shipped to Europe for the market in expensive fur hats and garments.

Despite trade, Europeans and Indians fought a series of bloody wars between 1640 and 1663, and the Lenape lost control of their land. But the natives influenced the Europeans. Colonists used Indian sewant (carved seashell bits) as money, adopted their fod sappaen (cornmeal porridge), and used Indian place names. Today, from Canarsie and Gowanus to Rockaway and Maspeth, the words of the Lenape people, recorded by Dutch settlers, still mark the cityscape.
HM NumberHMFZ3
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCity Lore & NY 400
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 6:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 583266 N 4506451
Decimal Degrees40.70476667, -74.01431667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.286', W 74° 0.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 17.16" N, 74° 0' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)212, 917, 646, 516, 347,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305-311 S Mill St, New York NY 10004, US
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