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

The Palatines

 
 
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
1. The Palatines Marker
Inscription. In 1710, nearly 3,000 Palatines came to the colony of New York. Originally from an area in southwestern Germany known as the Lower Palatinate, they were displaced when the French attacked and destroyed their lands. They first fled to Holland, then found temporary refuge in England. From there, most were sent to camps on New York's Hudson River to produce tar for the Royal Navy. Within a few years the tar camps closed, and the Palatines were again displaced.
,br> By 1723, New York's colonial Governor, William Burnet, secured 24 miles of land on both sides of the Mohawk River west of the Little falls for the Palatines. Johan Jost Herkimer was among the original settlers. He began farming, trading in furs, and buying and transporting supplies under contract to the British forts to the west. By the mid-18th century, Jost Herkimer had become one of the principal leaders of the Palatine community and had acquired more than 5,000 acres around the Little Falls, including the south portage road (today's Route 5S).
 
Location. 43° 1.723′ N, 74° 48.935′ W. Marker is near Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 169 east of General Herkimer Road. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the grounds
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
2. The Palatines Marker
Close up view of the text on the historical marker.
of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site, behind the Herkimer house, down on the edge of Mohawk River valley flood plain, alongside of one of the parks walking trails. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 State Route 169, Little Falls NY 13365, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Nicholas Herkimer's Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); From This Point (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bateau (about 300 feet away); In Memory of the Men (about 600 feet away); Herkimer Homestead Cemetery (about 600 feet away); General Nicholas Herkimer Monument (about 600 feet away); Nicholas Herkimer (about 600 feet away); Revolution in the Mohawk Valley (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
3. The Palatines Marker
Close-up view of the map showing the Palatine homeland in Europe, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
4. The Palatines Marker
View of the historical marker, looking north across the floodplain of the Mohawk River Valley.
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
5. The Palatines Marker
View looking south, from the site of the historical marker, up the slope of the Mohawk Valley, to the crest of the ridge where the Herkimer house is located.
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
6. The Palatines Marker
Distant view of the historical marker.
The Palatines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2014
7. The Palatines Marker
View of the historical marker down on the edge of Mohawk River valley flood plain, alongside of one of the parks walking trails.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 13, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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