George Washington first stayed on Long Island in Southold, for three days waiting for the ship that would take him to Boston, MA after the so-called "French and Indian War" in which he served. He had been advised to make the journey by a doctor to see what was going on there. He would later return in a triumphal tour of Long Island, after the loss of the "Battle of Long Island" losing that battle but winning the war, with the help of the Culper Spy Ring. They provided information, much of it gathered in the then Tory stronghold and port in Setauket, NY also named from one of the native groups that lived there the Setaukett, near "cutsgunsuck" another North Shore port, Stony Brook, NY and today a large University, brought into being by a shoe magnate of the Melville family, who today still contribute to local preservation efforts. George Washington kept a diary which historians have access to and perhaps some of the words might help in it from the descriptions, i.e., Bald Hill was once a signal hill and said to be a native burial ground, he once described as a "mere trifling" yet what he meant by that is open to interpretation. Another "mere trifling" was on the current St. Joseph's Seminary, site of the former Valentine Tavern, (DAR marked) but from this "mere trifling" one could see the British Navy's activities in the Long Island Sound, offshore and in the Hudson River. From another tower ("The First Salute" Barbara Tuchman) he watched the combined French and American troops cross the Hudson River, leaving Admiral Cornwallis' trap to later defeat General Cornwallis in Virginia securing the new nation of the United States.
Indian Tribes Go in Search of Their Lost Languages - NYTimes.com
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