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Translating for the Dutch and Lenni-Lenape

In this document, the Dutch government awards Sarah Roelfs Kierstede van Borsum a land grant in recognition of her services as a translator in meetings with the Lenni-Lenape.

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Patent. October 14, 1673. New York State Archives. Translation by Eric Ruijssenaars.

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Anthony Colve, Governor General of New Netherland
On behalf of her High Mighty Lords of the States General of the United Netherlands & his August Highness the Lord Prince of Orange etc;
These opening lines establish that the writer, the governor of New Netherland, is speaking for the government of the United Netherlands back in Europe.
To all those who shall see, hear or read this, make it known that in consideration of the services of Sara van Borsum, housewife of Cornelis van Borsum, as interpreter with the Indians, the Governor General of New Netherland grants to Cornelis van Borsum a certain parcel of land situated on this Island Manhattan . . . The governor of New Netherland grants land to Cornelis van Borsum as a reward for the work his wife, Sara, did as an interpreter with local Native communities.

Patent. October 14, 1673. New York State Archives. Translation by Eric Ruijssenaars.

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