catskills essay 2 - seemed desirable terrain. Even in 1708,...

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Yet, before the 1780s, few people wished to live in the Catskill Mountains at all, and certainly not in the Southern Catskills. The Dutch, who had settled the Hudson River Valley during the mid-seventeenth century, looked to the west and its forbidding mountains with fear and antipathy in their hearts, we are told. To these lowland farmers, who were firmly planted in the rich, alluvial soil along the river, the rocky and heavily forested mountain fastness of the Catskills hardly
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Unformatted text preview: seemed desirable terrain. Even in 1708, after the Dutch had been dispossessed by the English and eight affluent and well-connected individuals-among them Johannis Hardenbergh of Kingston for whom their Hardenbergh Patent was named-were granted some million and one-half acres of Catskill mountain land by Edward Hyde, Colonial Governor of New York and representative of Queen Anne, no rush to purchase or lease this land ensued....
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