1. Mohawk River Valley (N.Y.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
2. Real property--Mohawk River Valley (N.Y.)
Carte des Terrains au nord de la Riviere Mohac, 1797
The decades following the conclusion of the American Revolution in 1783 saw the rapid settlement by Euro-Americans of most of upstate New York. Prior to the Revolution, settlement was limited to Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and the eastern part of the Mohawk Valley. A combination of French military power (prior to 1760), British colonial policies, and resistance by the powerful Iroquois confederacy prevented the spread of English speaking settlers.
After the conclusion of the Revolution these obstacles were largely
removed, and the result was a land rush into northern and western New
York. Settlement was fostered by the government of New York State as
well as by real estate speculators and land developers. One of
the most important of the land developers was the Holland Land Company,
which was funded by a group of investors in Amsterdam. The Holland
Land Company was responsible for the stablishment of most of the initial
European settlements west of the Genesee River. More information,
including maps, can be found at The
Holland Land Company Resource Page, and at the Holland Land Company
Archives at the Daniel
A. Reed Library (SUNY Fredonia).
William Chazanof, Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Company.
D.W. Meinig, "Geography of Expansion," in John H. Thompson, ed., Geography of New York State, 140-71.
William Wyckoff, The Developer's Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape.