This period continues the Age of Discovery with merchants and explorers setting sail from Europe to new lands. It is during this period that marks Little Falls earliest recorded history. For more information on the Little Falls Historical Society Museum collection, please contact us at the museum.
HISTORICAL TIMELINE: 1490 – 1650
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The Mohawk Indians was one of the five original tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, they were the “keepers of the eastern door” to Confederacy lands. The Mohawk’s ancestral tribal lands included what is now Little Falls and extended north and south of the Mohawk Valley.
Sir Walter Raleigh founds Roanoke Colony, the first English settlement in the New World.
Establishment of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
Henry Hudson explores the Hudson River and sails as far north as Albany.
Dutch trading established
The Dutch establish a fur trading center with the Native Americans on Manhattan Island.
African slaves arrive at Jamestown
First African slaves in English North America arrive at Jamestown. House of Burgesses was formed in Jamestown, the first democratically elected legislative in English North America.
Plymouth Colony founded
The Plymouth Colony is founded and the Mayflower Compact signed.
Dutch trading post established
Dutch establishes a fur trading post at Fort Orange at what is now Albany, New York.
Dutch buy Manhattan Island
With fish hooks and trinkets, the Dutch buy Manhattan Island from the Warpinger Indians.
Colonization of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Bay Colony founded.
December 31, 1634
Dutch explorer Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert
Dutch explorer Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert left Fort Orange (Albany), and passed around the little falls, possibly south of Fall Hill, while visiting Iroquois Indian villages on his way to Oneida Lake. Most likely, he was the first white person to have visited this area.
December 31, 1634
Harvard College established by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
French and Iroquois Wars
French and Iroquois Wars escalate to full warfare.
French Jesuit priest captured
Father Isaac Jogues, a French Jesuit priest stationed in Quebec, was captured by the Mohawk Indians on August 3, 1642, and held prisoner for thirteen months during which time he was cruelly tortured. Sometime during his imprisonment, he was taken to the western Iroquois tribes, passing by the little falls, possibly detouring over Fall Hill to avoid the rapids.
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