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Batavia in Genesee County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Paolo Busti Monument

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
1. Paolo Busti Monument Marker
Inscription. [front plaque]
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.

[west plaque]
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 Times said he was: "Benevolent, kind, generous and humane - the patron of religion - the friend, the benefactor, and the ornament of man." So should he be remembered.

[east plaque]
Busti

Paolo Busti Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
2. Paolo Busti Monument Marker
West plaque
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.
 
Erected 1984.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is on the east lawn of the Holland Land Office Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 West Main Street, Batavia NY 14020, United States of America.
 
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 marker); In Memory of the Soldiers Sailors and Marines of Genesee County (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Paolo Busti Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
3. Paolo Busti Monument Marker
East plaque
Genesee County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Genesee County (approx. mile away); Early Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Batavia Club (approx. half a mile away); Centennial Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Batavia.
 
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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Back Text of Paolo Busti Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
4. Back Text of Paolo Busti Monument Marker
Eastward View Paolo Busti Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
5. Eastward View Paolo Busti Monument Marker
Westward View Paolo Busti Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
6. Westward View Paolo Busti Monument Marker
Holland Land Office Museum and "Batavia" marker in background.
Paolo Busti Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 6, 2014
7. Paolo Busti Monument Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 29, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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