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Along the Hudson and Mohawk

The 1790 Journey of Count Paolo Andreani

Edited and translated by Cesare Marino and Karim M. Tiro

Publication Year: 2011

In the summer of 1790 the Italian explorer Count Paolo Andreani embarked on a journey that would take him through New York State and eastern Iroquoia. Traveling along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, Andreani kept a meticulous record of his observations and experiences in the New World. Published complete for the first time in English, the diary is of major importance to those interested in life after the American Revolution, political affairs in the New Republic, and Native American peoples.

Through Andreani's writings, we glimpse a world in cultural, economic, and political transition. An active participant in Enlightenment science, Andreani provides detailed observations of the landscape and natural history of his route. He also documents the manners and customs of the Iroquois, Shakers, and German, Dutch, and Anglo New Yorkers. Andreani was particularly interested in the Oneida and Onondaga Indians he visited, and his description of an Oneida lacrosse match accompanies the earliest known depiction of a lacrosse stick. Andreani's American letters, included here, relate his sometimes difficult but always revealing personal relationships with Washington, Jefferson, and Adams.

Prefaced by an illuminating historical and biographical introduction, Along the Hudson and Mohawk is a fascinating look at the New Republic as seen through the eyes of an observant and curious explorer.

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Quotes

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

From mid-August to mid-September 1790, Count Paolo Andreani of Milan undertook an overland journey through New York State and eastern Iroquoia. Andreani kept a journal of his observations of the human and physical landscape, as well as the daily details of his progress up the ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-34

Count Paolo Andreani began the journal of his 1790 trip at the northern tip of Manhattan Island. He proceeded to traverse a wooden bridge to reach the present-day Bronx, or, as he put it, “to enter the continent.” Travelers of Andreani’s day were acutely aware that the city of ...

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Journal 1790

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pp. 35-88

King’s bridge forms the northern extremity of the island of N[ew]. York, connected to the continent by means of a wooden bridge which crosses a river, or more precisely a small sea channel that connects to the West with the river HUdson,a and to the East with the river thus ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 89-95

Shortly after returning to New York, Paolo Andreani traveled to Philadelphia, where he spent the winter of 1790–91. His reason for going to Philadelphia was the removal of the national capital to that city. Late in the winter, however, the open and cordial hospitality he had enjoyed in ...

Appendix

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pp. 97-112

Index

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pp. 113-115


E-ISBN-13: 9780812207217
Print-ISBN-13: 9780812239140

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2011