After posting about Varkens Hook Road, I noticed the “Indian Cemetery” just south of the intersection at Flatlands and wondered what happened to it. Then I started to dig a bit – with a Google trowel.
The Canarsee, who seem through their archeological remains, to be related to the Delaware subtribes, rather than those of Eastern Long Island or Westchester. Canarsee occupied or owning the western extremity today known as Kings County and their jurisdiction extended eastward to “Yemacah” the present Jamaica. Included with this territory was the group or family of Mareykawick, occupying a village on the site of Brooklyn, over which in 1645, Maganwetinnenim ruled as Sachem.
Canarsee also owned “Pagganck” (Governors Island) the name indicating an island covered with nut trees. This they sold in 1637 by a deed executed by Cacapeteyno Chief of Canarsee and Pewihas, who also owned the land at Wallabout, sold by them on behalf of the community the same year. – Peconic