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Esopus Wars

Esopus Wars


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 […]

Grietjen Westercamp Gerritsen

Grietjen Westercamp (Grietjen is a Dutch diminutive for the name Margaret) was born in New Amsterdam to Hendrick Jansz Westercamp and Femmetie Alberts in 1642. Like most women of her time and place she faced many hardships, and in fact, survived some experiences that most did not.

The houses in the Wiltwyck area probably […]