Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Who, What and Where were Sanhickans?
Sanhickans, spelled in various ways (Sankikans, Stankekans, Zanckikan), was also the name given to the village occupied by this Lenape band. The village was spread across both sides of the Delaware River around and opposite the mouth of the Assunpink Creek, and apparently extended on to islands in the river and as far downstream as Crosswicks Creek. Sanhickans served as a base camp for Native Americans exploiting resources in the surrounding area and was well situated to take advantage of rock outcrops suitable for stone tool manufacture, clay for pottery making, fish that spawned here at the head of tide, and plants and animals in the floodplain habitat.
Two clusters of longhouses marked as “Stankekans” are shown, one on each side of the Delaware River, on a Swedish map of 1616. Today the sites of these Sanhickans settlements lie beneath the urban landscape of South Trenton and Morrisville. Traces of Sanhickans
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Location. 40° 11.888′ N, 74° 45.499′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 29. Touch for map. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Americans Exchange Furs for European Goods (here, next to this marker); What happened to the Lenape? (here, next to this marker); Native American Artifacts – Clubs to Prehistory (here, next to this marker); Europeans at the Falls of the Delaware (here, next to this marker); Quakers Lead the Settlement of West Jersey (here, next to this marker); The West Jersey Proprietors Rule (here, next to this marker); William Trent of Trentís Town (here, next to this marker); Pre-17th Century Trenton Timeline (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of 4 subject markers under the pre-17th Century Arch.
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.