Friday, January 19, 2007

Tower of London Redux

The "Allerton Warehouse" was built on a small spit of land on the East River, that once belonged to the early "marshal" of the New Amsterdam settlement Philip du Treaux or as the Dutch called him "du Troy" its written. Nearby the "old shipwreck" and the first ferry to Brooklyn, it was purchased by Thomas Hall (or left to him) and had an orchard and other property.

Thomas Hall was the indentured servant of George Holmes and had escaped from him on the Delaware River where a party of the Virginia Colony had encamped in an abandoned Dutch fort there. Arriving at New Amsterdam the authorities sent a ship after the "encroachment" and captured all 10 of the Virginia colony. All were sent back but George Holmes and Thomas Hall whom, stating the ability to cultivate tobacco were granted membership in the colony and property to raise it in the vicinity of what today would be Greenwich Village. It's not known if it was successful, thought not, and trade in the important cash crop was developed, cited with Augustine Heerman of the Maryland colony. Historians of course are interested in its origin and why perhaps many of these "facts" have been researched.

Thomas Hall entered into business with Isaac Allerton and the "warehouse" (also a dwelling as many were into the 18th and early 19th century, and in this case also a liquor license was granted to serve the English traveling to New Amsterdam by the early city government. He was also responsible for starting the first fire fighting company and other civic acts, some, the first representative activities of the settlement to the Dutch in Holland, going over the local administrations "heads".

Sir Walter Raleigh, once imprisoned in the Tower of London, is often cited as introducing tobacco to the English speaking world and I thought this research I had found might be of interest.

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