Confirmation by the New York provincial government of an original Dutch letters patent that was issued on December 12, 1644 to Groot Manuel, a Black man, for land in Manhattan. Groot was also known as Manuel Groot or Big Manuel.
October 19 1667
New York State Archives. New York (State). Department of State. Bureau of Miscellaneous Records. Letters patent. 12943-78. Volume 2, pages 126-127.
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