Voyages from Holland to America, A.D. 1632 to 1644

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Billin and Brothers, Printers, 1853 - Indians of North America - 199 pages
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A reprinting of an extraordinarily rare, 1655 account of the early Dutch voyages to America. The Billins, whose imprint appears on page 199, printed this edition for the noted rare-book collector John Lenox. The reprint itself is rare: Lenox commissioned just 250 copies, for presentation to his friends. 

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Page 168 - ... large hall, which he had been lately adding to his house. Coming to it, there stood all his soldiers ready to cross the river to Pavonia to commit the murder. Then spoke I again to Governor William Kieft : " Stop this work ; you wish to break the mouths of the Indians, but you will also murder our own nation, for there are none of the farmers who are aware of it. My own dwelling, my people, cattle, corn, and tobacco will be lost.
Page 170 - ... cut, stuck, and pierced, and miserably massacred in a manner to move a heart of stone. Some were thrown into the river, and when the fathers and mothers endeavored to save them, the soldiers would not let them come on land, but made both parents and children drown, — children from five to six years of age, and also some old and decrepit persons.
Page 155 - This being done, they take a parcel of stones, which they heat in a fire, and then put in the oven, and when they think that it is sufficiently hot, they take the stones out again, and go and lie in it, men and women, boys and girls, and come out so perspiring that every hair has a drop of sweat on it. In this state they spring into the cold water; saying that it is healthy, but I let its healthfulness pass. They then become entirely clean, and are more attractive than before.
Page 158 - They stand a hundred paces more or less from each other, and holding flat thigh-bones in the hand, beat them with a stick, and so drive the creatures before them to the river. As they approach the river, they close nearer to each other, and whatever is between any two of them, is at the mercy of their bows and arrows, or must take to the river. When the animals swim into the river, the Indians lie in their canoes with snares, which they throw around their necks, and drag them to them, and force the...
Page 144 - ... for cloth. So this affair began to cause much dissatisfaction among the Indians. The 1st of December. I have begun to take hold of Vriessendale, as it was a fine place, situated along the river, under the mountains, and at an hour and a half's journey there is a valley where hay can be raised for two hundred head of cattle, and where there is thirty morgens of corn-land, and where I have sown wheat which grew higher than the tallest man in the country. Here were also two fine falls from the mountains,...
Page 24 - ... the ship and yacht, and should endeavour to be there in December, in order to conduct the whale fishing during the winter, as the whales come in the winter and remain till March. Before sailing out the Texel, we understood that our little fort * had been destroyed by the Indians, the people killed, — two and thirty men, — who were outside the fort working the land.
Page 186 - The English there are very hospitable, but they are not proper persons to trade with. You must look out when you trade with them, Peter is always by Paul, or you will be struck in the tail ; for if they can deceive any one, they account it among themselves a '• Roman action. They say in their language, " He played him ;' an English trick ; " . and then they have themselves well-es-'
Page 198 - Texel, a Vlieland, and the like, where they have ever since continued to send ships of thirty and forty lasts at the most, to fetch furs, which is all their trade ; for the providing of which they have certain factors there, continually resident, trading with savages, but I cannot learn of any colony either already planted there by these people, or so much as intended. "f This must be taken as a part of Argall's own testimony — that is, furnished by him. It corroborates the facts before stated,...
Page 165 - They then bury the bones in the grave, with a parcel of Zeewan, and with arrows, kettles, knives, paper, and other knickknacks, which are held in great esteem by them, and cover them with earth, and place palisades around them as before related. Such is the custom on the coast in regard to the dead. The chief doctrine held among them is the belief in the immortality of the soul by some. Others are sceptical on this point, but not far from it, saying, when they die they go to a place where they sing...
Page 111 - Company arrived, bringing fourteen or fifteen English with them, who had taken Fort Nassau from our people. As our people had no one in it, they intended to guard it with the boat, but they found that they must take possession of it again, or else it would be destroyed by the English. This arrival of the Englishmen, delayed me six days longer, as Governor Wouter Van Twiller desired that I should take them to the English Virginias, from whence they expected assistance. They therefore took their leave...

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