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The reprint of this classic by Ernest Ingersoll begins with a brief account of the geologic origins of the river and a comprehensive history of its discovery, exploration and settlement. Included are many quotations from such well-known chroniclers of life in the Hudson Valley as Washington Irving and John Burroughs. The first chapter alone should be required reading for all Hudson Valley residents and, in fact, has been used as a supplementary text in New York State history courses.
The book is divided into 9 geographic sections with six, 6"x19" fold-out maps covering the entire Hudson Valley and numerous B&W photos of important historical sites along the river. Not only do you have a turn-of-the-century guide valuable for its own historical perspective, you also have detailed accounts of the individuals and events that helped to create the Hudson Valley we know today. Accounts of the Indians, the Dutch, the English, the Revolutionary War -- even the businesses that were along the shore -- are all located for you.
This has also turned out to be an invaluable boating guide, not of currents and tides but, as a general overview of both shores with an on-the-river perspective. It's great for location and distance checks and even lets you sneak in a history lesson for the kids!
There are enough facts on every page to please anyone with a serious interest in Hudson Valley history from the Adirondacks to Manhattan, from pre-glacial times to the 1900's, yet even a casual reader will enjoy the anecdotal style and quality of writing. 246pp. A handsome brown ink on tan paper reprint, this perfect bound paperback with 6 fold-out maps. 5-1/4" x 8-1/4" P $15.95
Shown above is 1/2 of the map of Section 4. (Kingston to Coxsackie)
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