Plan of Kingston in 1695

Plan of Kingston in 1695 (HM130Q)

Location: Kingston, NY 12401 Ulster County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 56.096', W 74° 1.375'

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The first European settlers came here between 1652-53 to farm the rich land in the lowlands along the Esopus Creek near the fields where Native Americans had grown maize for centuries. Friction between the settlers and the Esopus Indians mounted to acts of vandalism and assaults on both sides. In May of 1658, the settlers appealed for help to Peter Stuyvesant, director-general of the New Netherland Colony. Stuyvesant ordered the settlers to move to a central location surrounded by a stockade. He selected the bluff above the flats because its height afforded a natural defense on three sides: north (North Front St.): west (Green St.) and east (Clinton Ave.). Stuyvesant told the Esopus Indians they should sell the land for the Stockade Area, but, instead, they gave it as a gift.
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 11:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 581002 N 4643013
Decimal Degrees41.93493333, -74.02291667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 56.096', W 74° 1.375'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 56' 5.76" N, 74° 1' 22.50" W
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Area Code(s)914, 845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 94 N Front St, Kingston NY 12401, US
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