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A Journey Into Mohawk and Oneida Country, 1634-1635

The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, Revised Edition

by Charles Gehring

Publication Year: 2013

This revised edition includes a new preface, the original Dutch transcription and updated endnotes and bibliography

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Series: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication, About the Editors

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pp. 2-9


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pp. ix-x

List of Illustrations and Map

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pp. xi-xii

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Preface to the Revised Edition

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pp. xiii-xiv

...of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, which was first published in 1988, was based on the usual considerations. There was the need to update the sources cited in our text and footnotes to reflect the most recent historical, ethnological, and archaeological literature on the Dutch and American Indian people relevant to seventeenth-century New Netherland; to refine, supplement, or edit...

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. xv-xviii

...The first record of any Dutch exploration appears on an early map of New Netherland. The passage reports that in 1614 a trader named Kleyntjen traveled westward into the interior, then southward from the Maquas (Mohawks) along the New River (Susquehanna) to the Ogehage (Mohawk name for the Minquas or Susquehannocks). Although it is sparse information...

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pp. xix-xl

...Its primary objective was to carry on the war with Spain in the Atlantic region following the expiration of the Twelve Years’ Truce. The truce had been agreed to in 1609, after forty-one years of rebellion against the Habsburg Empire. This short interval, within what was to become known as the “Eighty Years’ War” for independence, was used by the Dutch to develop and expand previously...

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The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

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pp. 1-54

...and me, saying that there were French Indians in their country, and that they had called a truce with them, so that they, namely, the Maquasen, would trade furs with them there, because the Maquasen wanted as much for their furs as did the French Indians...

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pp. 55-70

...journal, is the earliest known philological treatment of the Mohawk language in existence. Its author deserves high praise for recording a vocabulary of such quality, especially considering the conditions under which the list was made and the fact that he was interacting with people who spoke a language that was utterly exotic when compared to his own. The wordlist is arranged as follows: The left-hand column provides Van den Bogaert’s rendering of...

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Dutch Transcription

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pp. 71-102

...11 December[:] Memoriael gehouden vande voornaemste dingen die myn voorgevallen syn int reysen nae de maquasen & sinnekens vooreerst soo waeren de reeden waer om dat wy gongen dese als dat de maquasen & sinnekens by onse Commys Marten Gerritsen & myn dickwils hadden comen seggen dat daer franse wilden In haer landt waeren & datse treves met haer gemaek[t] hadden...


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pp. 103-114

Other Works in the Series, Back Cover

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pp. 115-117

E-ISBN-13: 9780815652151
E-ISBN-10: 0815652151
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815633228
Print-ISBN-10: 081563322X

Page Count: 130
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: Revised
Series Title: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors
Series Editor Byline: Chris Vecsey See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 867741304
MUSE Marc Record: Download for A Journey Into Mohawk and Oneida Country, 1634-1635

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  • Mohawk River Region (N.Y.) -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
  • Dutch -- New York (State) -- History -- 17th century.
  • Bogaert, Harmen Meyndertsz van den -- Travel -- New York (State).
  • New York (State) -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
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