Take a Walk to Shorakapok Rock in Inwood on This Indigenous Peoples' Day

Updated: Nov 20, 2021


an Upper Manhattan landmark worth visiting: Shorakapok Rock
Shorakapok Rock in Inwood Hill Park

Here's an Upper Manhattan landmark definitely worth visiting on Indigenous Peoples' Day: Shorakapok Rock.


This small boulder in Inwood Hill Park marks the spot, according to legend, where in 1626 Native Americans “sold"—or more likely agreed to share or lease for a certain time—the island of Manhattan to the Dutch for tools and beads worth 60 guilders.

an Upper Manhattan landmark worth visiting: Shorakapok Rock
An NYC Parks sign also marks the spot.

Not everything about the transaction is known—there is no known document from the exchange, just a Dutch letter referencing the sale later that year. The letter doesn't mention the precise date or which tribe received the payment (most likely the Lenape).

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 an important reminder that they were here first.

an Upper Manhattan landmark worth visiting: Shorakapok Rock
A view of the rock and the sign behind it.

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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