Paolo Busti Monument
Monument dedicated in Paolo Busti Park October 27, 1984 by the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee County.
Paolo Busti's contribution to the development of WNY has been overlooked. His foresight and business acumen were important to the settlement of Holland Land Company sales.
Born and educated in Milan, Italy, Busti's business talents surfaced in Dutch banks. His reputation for industry and scrupulous honesty spurred an offer to be a representative of the company in the United States of America. Named General Agent in 1799, Busti received title to all the company lands, represented Dutch investors and could even defend their interests in court.
Busti donated land and money for churches, inns, courthouses, schools, roads, and the canal. Integrity and honesty governed his decisions. Refusing to sell to speculators, he promoted sales to settlers with low prices, long credit, and every necessary accommodation. He believed the settlers' industriousness and enterprise would develop the area's resources.
To the industrious and indigent, Paolo Busti was a friend. The Batavia
Busti appointed as his local agent Joseph Ellicott who later wished to name this settlement after Busti who humbly declined and recommended naming it after the Republic of Batavia honoring the Dutch investors. Busti encouraged actual development of the area, promoted policies designed for the benefit of settlers by donating land for public uses and paying construction costs. Land given for the canal assured WYN's [sic] position in industry and trade. His policies helped forge the basis for New York to become the Empire State.
Location. 42° 59.944′ N, 78° 11.422′ W. Marker is in Batavia, New York, in Genesee County. Marker is on West Main Street (New York State Route 5) 0.2 miles east of Oak Street (New York State Route 98), on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the east lawn of the Holland Land Office Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 West Main Street, Batavia NY 14020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Batavia (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Charles F. Rand (within shouting distance of this
Also see . . .
1. Holland Land Office Museum. (Submitted on July 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Paolo Busti - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Holland Land Company - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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