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The history of New York, the wealthiest and, from its happy geographical position, the most important of all the confederated States, has hitherto been but imperfectly known even to its own citizens. This defective knowledge cannot be said to have originated from any want of interest on the subject, but rather from the difficulty of obtaining the requisite information within a moderate compass, and in a connected form; the narrative of events being scattered through numerous volumes, all of which are in their nature fragmentary.
To supply this want—to place before the general reader a clear, succinct, and in partial history of the State, from its earliest settlement to the present day, is the object of this volume, which will not be found a mere compilation, out a work originally treated, and elaborated with care and impartiality. Brief as it is, it yet contains every event of marked historical importance ; nothing being omitted but those obtrusive speculations, and dry legislative details, which, in a work intended for popular use, are neither valuable nor interesting.
Canadian affairs-Denonville supersedes De la Barre-Pre-
pares for war-Marches against the Iroquois—Is attacked
-Retires into Canada-Fate of the French garrison at Nia-
gara-Retaliation of the Iroquois-Negotiations for peace
-Reply of Governor Dongan-Speech of Garrangula~
Council at Montreal-Stratagem of the Winondadie Indians
-Renewal of hostilities-Dreadful massicre of the French
-Affairs of New York-Disaffection in England - Landing
of William, Prince of Orange-Flight of James-Revolu-
tion in the provinces—Dongan recalled-- Agitation in New