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Title The Indians of the Raritan [manuscript]: [c.1840]
Author Messler, Abraham (1800-1882)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: In this manuscript Messler relates the early history of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam and its official relations with Indian tribes in the vicinity. Following a discussion of the origins of the Raritan Indians (a branch of the Delaware nation) and their settlements in New Jersey, Messler focuses on the continual conflicts from 1626 to 1681 between the Dutch colonists and the Indians. Throughout this period, hostilities were prevalent and Messler describes two massacres of Indian villages. Eventually the Raritan Indians sold most of their lands to the Dutch and later English settlers. To document his work, Messler incorporates numerous contemporary histories of the time into the text.
Places New York, New Jersey, United States
Keywords war, massacre, sale of land, settlement, New Netherland
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Abraham Messler, clergyman and historian, was born in Whitehouse, N.J. in 1800 and died in Somerville, N.J. in 1882. Messler was pastor of several Reformed Dutch churches in New Jersey, including those in Raritan and Somerville. He published numerous works on religious subjects as well as a history of Somerset County, N.J.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 600
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue