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Ship of the Line Pennsylvania

Ship of the Line Pennsylvania

On August 11, 2017, when researching the story about Margaret Pine, I went to the the Archives and Manuscript Division of the NYPL, to review the papers of Wynant Van Zandt Jr. Within the Van Zandt’s collection, I found an interesting document; a description of a...
New Utrecht: Settlement & Slavery

New Utrecht: Settlement & Slavery

Brooklyn in 1639 Readers are advised to visit the following link — Digital Sources: Books — for additional information regarding sources on this page. Chronology 1624—The first Dutch settlers arrive on the Noten Eylant (now Governor’s Island) 1625—The...
Digital Sources: Books

Digital Sources: Books

While writing histories of my hometown, I often find myself cluttering the text with my sources. To simplify the text, the authors whose works I use are listed here. It is a sort of bibliography, and I hope a mention of their names in future posts will be sufficient....
The Will of Jane Cummings: A Former Slave’s Bequeathals

The Will of Jane Cummings: A Former Slave’s Bequeathals

Slaves Waiting for Sale: Richmond, Virginia by Eyre Crow (1824-1910) Often, when visiting my mother’s grave in the Green-Wood Cemetery, I take my time and walk around the vicinity in meditation. Last year, on one of those walks, I happened upon what appeared to...