On Indigenous Peoples' Day, a visit to Shorakapok Rock in Inwood

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Shorakapok Rock in Inwood Hill Park.

On Indigenous Peoples' Day, here's an Upper Manhattan landmark worth visiting: Shorakapok Rock.

This small boulder in Inwood Hill Park marks the spot where, according to legend, the Lenape tribe “sold"–or more likely traded the right to pass through or use–the island of Manhattan to the Dutch for tools and beads worth 60 guilders.

Not everything about the transaction is known–the original Dutch letter referencing the sale doesn't mention details like the actual date or which tribe received the payment.

But what is undisputed is that the area was originally indigenous peoples' land.

The marker—there's an official plaque on the rock, plus an NYC Parks Department sign right next to it—serves as a timely reminder that they were here first.

On your next visit to Inwood Hill Park, be sure to check out this history-changing spot.

To find it, follow the path that loops around the park's soccer field—it's located about midway around.

You can also consult the Inwood Hill Park Map, where Shorakapok Rock is listed as one of the points of interest.

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