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JERSEY CITY, NJ - The land that now makes up Liberty State Park holds history that dates back to pre-colonial days, another reason, one state body said recently, it should be preserved.
“The Indigenous history of this area makes this a priority for all Lenape Nations to keep it open to all people to visit and pay their respect," said Steven Burton, a member of the New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs.
In particular, the area is the location of the indigenous village of Pavonia where the massacre of every man, woman, and child was caused by New York’s Governor Kieft in the late 1600’s. That action, which historian’s say was caused by the indigenous people refusing to pay tribute to the new arrivals, resulted in Kieft’s War. Also known as the Wappinger War, the conflict was between Gov. Kieft of New Netherland and the Lenape Indians of New York and New Jersey.
David de Vries, a Dutch colonist with a plantation on Staten Island, noted the Native American response to this attempted taxation which The Tappan felt was unjustified as Kieft, and other settlers, came to live in this country without being invited by its original inhabitants and then wanted their corn for nothing in return.
While DeVries tried to maintain good relations with the Indians and told Europeans that if they left the Indians alone no harm would come to anyone, Kieft was said to be an uncompromising Indian hater, taking control of the area in 1637 and allowing Dutch livestock to wander freely, often causing significant damage to Indian villages and farming areas.
Dutch merchants are also said to have frequently cheated natives in their dealings, something that caused daily squabbles and resulted in several small conflicts that caused the deaths of natives.
Despite desperate pleas by DeVries to not escalate the situation, Kieft sent soldiers from New Netherland to the camps at Pavonia on February 25, 1643 and killed 120 Lenape people from what was k known as the Hackensack tribe, a group, historians say, that was non belligerent.
The event took place at what is now known as Caven Point space considered to be sacred ground because of both the massacre and the historical role it played in the inhabitant’s lives as a spot for fishing and hunting.
“The land now known as Liberty State Park is of historical significance and is a sacred site for tribal people from the colonial era and even has additional significance due to more recent events. We request that it be protected and preserved for future generations," several of the leaders said in their appeal to the state, calling on Governor Phil Murphy to sign the Liberty State Park Protection Act.