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HISTORY

OF

NEW-YORK,

FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD

TO THE END OF THE

DUTCH DYNASTY;

CONTAINING,

AMONG MANY SURPRISING AND CURIOUS MATTERS,

THE UNUTTERABLE PONDERINGS OF WALTER THE DOUBTER,

THE DISASTROUS PROJECTS OF WILLIAM THE TESTY,

AND

THE CHIVALRIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF PETER THE HEADSTRONG,

The Three Dutch Governors of New-Amsterdam;

BEING THE ONLY AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF THE TIMES THAT EVER HATH BEEN PUBLISHED.

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CONTAINING DIVERS INGENIOUS THEORIES AND PHIĻO-

SOPHIC SPECULATIONS CONCERNING THE CREATION AND
POPULATION OF THE WORLD, AS CONNECTED WITH THE

HISTORY OF NEW-YORK.

CHAP. I.-Description of the World,

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CHAP. II.—Cosmogony, or Creation of the World; with a

multitude of excellent Theories, by which the Creation
of a World is shown to be no such difficult matter as
common Folks would imagine,

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Chap. III.—How far that famous Navigator, Noah, was

shamefully nick-named; and how he committed an
unpardonable oversight in not having Four Sons: with
the great trouble of Philosophers caused thereby, and
the Discovery of America,

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Chap. IV.-Showing the great difficulty Philosophers have

had in peopling America-and how the Aborigines came
to be begotten by accident, to the great relief and satis-
faction of the Author, common

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CHAP. V.-In which the Author puts a mighty Question

to the rout, by the assistance of the Man in the Moon
--which not only delivers thousands of people from
great embarrassment, but likewise concludes this intro-
ductory book,

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Book Second.

TREATING OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF THE PROVINCE

OF NIEUW NEDERLANDTS.

CHAP. I.-In which are contained divers reasons why a

man should not write in a hurry. Also of Master Hen-
drick Hudson, his discovery of a strange country-and
how he was magnificently rewarded by the munificence
of their High Mightinesses...

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CHAP. II.-Containing an account of a mighty Ark which

floated under the protection of St. Nicholas, from Hol-
land to Gibbet Island—the descent of the strange Ani-
mals therefrom-a great victory, and a description of
the ancient village of Communipaw,.....

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Chap. III.-In which is set forth the true art of making

a bargain-together with the miraculous Escape of a
great Metropolis in a Fog—and the Biography of cer-
tain Heroes of Communipaw, www.

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CHAP. IV.-How the Heroes of Communipaw voyaged

to Hell-Gate, and how they were received there,

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Chap. V.-How the heroes of Communipaw returned
somewhat wiser than they went—and how the sage

O.
loffe dreamed a dream-and the dream that he dreamed, 75

CHAP. VI.--Containing an attempt at etymology-and of

the founding of the great city of New-Amsterdam...... 79

CHAP. VII.—How the City of New-Amsterdam waxed

great, under the protection of Oloffe the Dreamer

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