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Journeys Through Bookland Volume 8 (Paperback) Loot Price: R514 Discovery Miles 5 140
Journeys Through Bookland Volume 8 (Paperback): Charles Herbert Sylvester
Journeys Through Bookland Volume 8 (Paperback): Charles Herbert Sylvester

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Journeys Through Bookland Volume 8 (Paperback)

Charles Herbert Sylvester

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Excerpt: ...covering those tracts of country at present called Broadway, Wall street, William street and Pearl street. I must not omit to mention that in portioning out the land a goodly "bowerie" or farm was allotted to the sage Oloffe in consideration of the service he had rendered to the public by his talent at dreaming; and the site of his "bowerie" is known 248 by the name of Kortlandt (or Courtlandt) street to the present day. And now, the infant settlement having advanced in age and stature, it was thought high time it should receive an honest Christian name. Hitherto it had gone by the original Indian name Manna-hata, or, as some will have it, "The Manhattoes"; but this was now decried as savage and heathenish, and as tending to keep up the memory of the pagan brood that originally possessed it. Many were the consultations held upon the subject without coming to a conclusion, for, though everybody condemned the old name, nobody could invent a new one. At length, when the council was almost in despair, a burgher, remarkable for the size and squareness of his head, proposed that they should call it New Amsterdam. The proposition took everybody by surprise; it was so striking, so apposite, so ingenious. The name was adopted by acclamation, and New Amsterdam the metropolis was thenceforth called. Still, however, the early authors of the province continued to call it by the general appellation of "The Manhattoes," and the poets fondly clung to the euphonious name of Manna-hata; but those are a kind of folk whose tastes and notions should go for nothing in matters of this kind. Having thus provided the embryo city with a name, the next was to give it an armorial bearing or device. As some cities have a rampant lion, others a soaring eagle, emblematical, no doubt, of the valiant and high-flying qualities of the inhabitants, so after mature deliberation a sleek beaver was emblazoned on the city standard as...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: August 2012
First published: August 2012
Authors: Charles Herbert Sylvester
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 7mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 134
ISBN-13: 978-1-153-78339-2
Barcode: 9781153783392
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-153-78339-8

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