New York State Archives, NYSA_A0272-78_V40_p096
Indian Deed to Petrus Van Drisen (or Driessen) of a tract of land on the north side of the Mohawks River, beginning at the west corner of a tract granted to Fr's Harrison, Lewis Morris, John Spratt and others, 1732.
These Indians signed with European names. Were they born with those names?
Why are there animals drawn on this deed?
Do you think the Indians got a fair price?
This deed transferred land from thirty Mohawk Indians to two Dutch ministers. Why would the ministers want to control the land? Why would the Indians give it to them?
Why would land along a river be valuable?
How did the Dutch settlers treat the Indians? Did they have positive or negative relations with the local Indian tribes? Explain.
What happened to the Dutch colony of New Netherland? Who controlled it at the time this deed was written?
Art: Draw a map of the land that was transferred. Embellish the map with native flora and fauna as well as with symbols of the Mohawk tribe and the Dutch missionaries of the area.
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