“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


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By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 3, 2021
1. Shorakkopoch Marker
Inscription.  According to legend, on this site of the principal Manhattan Indian village, Peter Minuit in 1626, purchased Manhattan Island for trinkets and beads then worth about 60 guilders.

This boulder also marks the spot where a tulip tree (Liriodendron Tiipifera) grew to a height of 165 feet and a girth of 20 feet. It was, until its death in 1938 at the age of 280 years, the last living link with the Reckgawawanc Indians who lived here.

Dedicated as part of New York City's 300th anniversary celebration by the Peter Minuit Post 1247, American Legion

January 1954

Erected 1954 by American Legion Peter Minuit Post 1247.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1626.
Location. 40° 52.402′ N, 73° 55.423′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hessian Military Hut (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (approx. 0.4 miles

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 3, 2021
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away); The Wading Place / Kings Bridge / Fort Prince Charles (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Tryon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Tryon Park (approx. one mile away); Margaret Cochran Corbin (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bathing in the Hudson (approx. 1.2 miles away in New Jersey); Colonel William Baxter (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to a low rock in Inwood Hill Park, about a 5-minute walk in from the the park entrance at the intersection of Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. Park maps are also scattered about through out the park, indicating the location of various park amenities and landmarks, including this one.
Also see . . .  The Native Place... Where Did the Manhattan “Purchase” Take Place? (New Netherlands Inst. "While it is generally agreed now that it was Peter Minuit who instigated the acquisition of Manhattan, who actually participated, both on the Dutch and native sides, is unclear. Similarly, the location of this famous transaction is not known....Any statement that begins “According to legend” should be viewed as fishy, and it’s pretty much this boulder’s tablet alone that makes the claim that this is the site—and the mere claim all too readily becomes the legend...." (Submitted on May 4, 2021.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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