Mostly Trapping

NJ Island Once Known for Fur Trapping
Nov 1, 2020 14:24 ET

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"Dundee Island was home to the Lenni Lenape people during Colonial times. In April 1678, Dutch settler Hartman Michielson Vreeland came over from Bergen (now Jersey City) to work out a deal with the natives. He had his eye on the island, which was an ideal spot for fur trapping. The native people called the place Aquackanonk.

Vreeland worked a deal for the land that included as payment "a bottle of rum," according to an account in William Winfield Scott's "Passaic and its Environs," a three-volume local history of the area. Scott writes that this was the first deed in Passaic County history."