Re: Disappointing NY History

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Posted by Gayle on November 14, 1999 at 20:34:27:

In Reply to: Disappointing NY History posted by Sarah M. on November 14, 1999 at 20:05:54:

: Hi all --

: PBS (at least here in NY) is currently running a multi-part history of New York City. This evening was the first part, beginning with the arrival of Henry Hudson. I've been watching with great interest, learning new bits and pieces, and I suddenly realized they were talking about Alexander Hamilton and patriots and the like, and they had ENTIRELY skipped the F&I War. They talked about the takeover by British, without saying a word about the port being the southern end of the great War Path up to Canada and the confrontations that took place over it. They talked about the growth of ships in the harbor in the 18th century without a word about moving troops. They talked about the immensely wide variety of people (naming one trade after another) and never said a word about soldiers.

: I simply cannot believe NYC was not touched by the F&I. I continue to wonder why this period in history is so rarely mentioned.

: Oh well. Whatever.

: Sarah M.


I can sympathize. I read a history book recently about the late 18th-early 19th Century in New York, and there was virtually no mention of either the military scene or any indication that there were Indians still resident in the country - no farms, no hunting, no frontier concept at all. It sounded like it was written by a New York stock broker who believed the country was originally populated only by people who were busy forming corporations.

If you want an interesting picture of New York City, forming up the troops and getting them up the Hudson River to Albany and on to William Henry, go through "Satanstoe" again. I still think it's the best description I've ever come across of the way the military and the civilian life merged and co-existed together there in the 1750s.


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