Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lima in Livingston County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A 17th-Century Iroquois Village

Historic Lima - Settled 1788

 
 
A 17th-Century Iroquois Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 30, 2018
1. A 17th-Century Iroquois Village Marker
Inscription.
Historic Lima - Settled 1788
A 17th-Century Iroquois Village


Nearly 400 years ago, a thriving Seneca Iroquois village sat on the ridge just west of here. Set in the midst of a clearing in the endless forest, this densely packed village, and the agricultural fields surrounding it, hummed with the daily activities of an estimated 800 to 1000 people. It was one of two year-round villages occupied by the Seneca for a period between about 1620 and 1640. The Seneca Iroquois were one of five nations, spread across present-day New York State, who were known collectively as the Haudenosaunee or "People of the Longhouse." This name symbolized the "kin-like" relationships which bound them together as members of the powerful Iroquois Confederacy.

Cultivation of the "Three Sisters" - corn,beans and squash - close to the village provided the basic food supply. Traveling farther afield, hunting parties brought back meat and skins used for clothing, moccasins and blankets.

During this time the Senecas were increasingly engaged in the exchange of furs for trade goods with the Europeans, resulting in significant alterations in their lifestyle and culture.

Bark longhouses housed multiple families headed by maternally related women. Iroquois villagers were typically abandoned and relocated every
A 17th-Century Iroquois Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 30, 2018
2. A 17th-Century Iroquois Village Marker
View is northward.
15 to 20 years as structures decayed, and wood supplies and soils were depleted.
 
Location. 42° 54.257′ N, 77° 36.694′ W. Marker is in Lima, New York, in Livingston County. Marker is on Lake Avenue (New York State Route 15A) 0.1 miles south of East Main Street (New York State Route 5), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1929 Lake Avenue, Lima NY 14485, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gandichiragou (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lima Bank Robbed (about 300 feet away); Repulse Fire Co. (about 300 feet away); Union Lodge No. 45 (about 300 feet away); History and Architecture (about 400 feet away); Francis M. Dalton (about 500 feet away); Ska-Hase-Ga-O (approx. mile away); Kenneth B. Keating (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lima.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
Paid Advertisement