Friday, August 31, 2012

The Battle In Lincoln Park

 Above:  View inside the Beaverkill ravine in Lincoln Park, site of the 1626 ambush

In the late summer of 1626, a party of armed men set out from the Fort Orange.  Led by the Dutch outpost's superintendent, Daniel Van Kriekenbeek (there are numerous spellings of the name) the men (two of whome were not Dutch, but Portuguese) were accompanying a group of Mahicans in a planned attack on the Mohawks.

Van Kriekenbeek's decision to join the Mahicans in their ongoing conflict with the Mohawks was a departure from the previous neutrality the Dutch settlement had maintained with both and it would nearly end the good relations between Fort Orange and the Iroquois Confederacy to the west.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Shoes and Maps

This year's Sculpture In The Streets exhibit in downtown Albany features replicas of Dutch clogs painted by local artists.  This particular shoe - located on South Pearl Street - features a detailed rendering of an 1857 map of the city.

The title of this shoe is "Paths of The Past" by Mitchell Biernacki.