Revisiting the Fake Tawagonshi Treaty of 1613

Gehring, Charles T.; Starna, William A.
January 2012
New York History;Winter2012, Vol. 93 Issue 1, p95
Academic Journal
The article discusses the so-called 1613 Tawagonshi treaty between Dutch colonists and the Haudenosaunee Indians, or five-nations Iroquois, of New York State. The authors present the reasons why they consider the treaty, published by physician L.G. van Loon in 1968, to be a fake, including linguistic and orthographic anomalies and historical errors. They consider resistance to their position from individuals including historian Jon Parmenter and Saugerties, New York resident Vernon Benjamin. Events planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the treaty are also considered.


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