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Along the Hudson and Mohawk

Along the Hudson and Mohawk: The 1790 Journey of Count Paolo Andreani

Iroquoian linguistic notes by Roy A. Wright (Tekastiaks)
Copyright Date: 2006
Pages: 128
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    Along the Hudson and Mohawk
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    In the summer of 1790 the Italian explorer Count Paolo Andreani embarked on a journey that would take him through New York State and eastern Iroquoia. Traveling along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, Andreani kept a meticulous record of his observations and experiences in the New World. Published complete for the first time in English, the diary is of major importance to those interested in life after the American Revolution, political affairs in the New Republic, and Native American peoples.Through Andreani's writings, we glimpse a world in cultural, economic, and political transition. An active participant in Enlightenment science, Andreani provides detailed observations of the landscape and natural history of his route. He also documents the manners and customs of the Iroquois, Shakers, and German, Dutch, and Anglo New Yorkers. Andreani was particularly interested in the Oneida and Onondaga Indians he visited, and his description of an Oneida lacrosse match accompanies the earliest known depiction of a lacrosse stick. Andreani's American letters, included here, relate his sometimes difficult but always revealing personal relationships with Washington, Jefferson, and Adams.Prefaced by an illuminating historical and biographical introduction,Along the Hudson and Mohawkis a fascinating look at the New Republic as seen through the eyes of an observant and curious explorer.

    eISBN: 978-0-8122-0721-7
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
    C.M. and K.M.T.
  4. Introduction: A Bridge to America: Count Paolo Andreani and His Journal
    (pp. 1-34)

    Count Paolo Andreani began the journal of his 1790 trip at the northern tip of Manhattan Island. He proceeded to traverse a wooden bridge to reach the present-day Bronx, or, as he put it, “to enter the continent.” Travelers of Andreani’s day were acutely aware that the city of New York (then confined to the southern end of Manhattan) lay off the coast of North America, separate from the mainland.¹

    Andreani’s understanding of geography suggests important differences between his universe—both physical and mental—and our own. He presents us with a long-lost rural world, and he shows it to...

  5. Journal 1790
    (pp. 35-88)
    Paolo Andreani

    King’s bridge forms the northern extremity of the island of N[ew]. York, connected to the continent by means of a wooden bridge which crosses a river, or more precisely a small sea channel that connects to the West with the river HUdson,aand to the East with the river thus called.² In this location one observes that the flow of the water varies at every change of the tide, running toward the East when the tide rises in the River of the North,³ and vice versa when it is high in the River of the East. In this location there...

  6. Epilogue: “An Incredible Number of Enemies”: The Betrayal of Paolo Andreani
    (pp. 89-96)

    Shortly after returning to New York, Paolo Andreani traveled to Philadelphia, where he spent the winter of 1790–91. His reason for going to Philadelphia was the removal of the national capital to that city. Late in the winter, however, the open and cordial hospitality he had enjoyed in New York turned into indifference and even hostility in the City of Brotherly Love. This change was the result of two incidents that illuminate the honor-consciousness of the capital and the informal but influential role elite women played in politics there. These incidents also bore out the prevalence of what Virginia...

  7. Appendix: Selected Letters, 1790–1791
    (pp. 97-112)
  8. Index
    (pp. 113-115)