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A Brief Description of New-York: Formerly Called New-Netherlands (1670)

A Brief Description of New-York: Formerly Called New-Netherlands (1670)

Denton’s work was the first English account intended to promote settlement of the region recently seized from the Dutch. It is of particular interest for 1) its description of the geographic and topographic features of the region from Albany in the north to the mouth of the Delaware Bay in the south, and from the eastern tip of Long Island to the interior of modern-day New Jersey; 2) its enumeration of the plants, animals, and commodities of the area; 3) its impressive and extended account of the customs and livelihood of the Indians of the region; 4) its early suggestion of “manifest destiny,” whereby the Indians are providentially removed by a “Divine hand”; 5) its depiction of the region as a “terrestrial paradise” for English settlement and agriculture—“a land flowing with milk and... Show More


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