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Esopus Wars

Esopus Wars

Wikipedia:

The Esopus Wars were two localized conflicts between the indigenous Esopus tribe of Lenape Indians and colonialist New Netherlanders during the latter half of the 17th century in what is now Ulster County, New York. Like many other wars during the colonial period, at bottom they were the result of competition between European and Indian cultures, aggravated by mutual misunderstanding and suspicion. The first battle was started by Dutch settlers; the second war was a continuation of grudge on the part of the Esopus tribe.1I would not use the word ‘grudge’ to describe the actions of the Esopus tribe.  They were being robbed of their homelands, in what the ...continue

Family Involvement

The Decker, Pels and Westercamp families were directly and personally involved in the Esopus Wars. Hendrick Pels was taken prisoner during one of the raids and wasn’t found until more than year later. At that point he had taken an Indian wife and had a child, and he refused to return to his family in Wiltwyck, one of many unredeemed captives, as they were sometimes called: usually younger people taken in raids, who preferred the Indian tribes to the homes where they had been raised.

For more on this please see this detailed article on the Miner Descent weblog as well as the Esopus Wars entry on the U.S. Timeline by Gerard Tondu.

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1. I would not use the word ‘grudge’ to describe the actions of the Esopus tribe.  They were being robbed of their homelands, in what the beginning of a holocaust that would go on for two hundred years.