Warwick In History: Bicentennial Minute for Jan. 29th

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Warwick In History: Bicentennial Minute for Jan. 29th

“Warwick in History: Bicentennial Minute” for Jan. 29th.

Thomas DeKay, who was the grandson of a Dutch immigrant to New Amsterdam and a colonel in the Colonial Militia, was so trusted by the Indians that he represented them in Goshen where their pledge of brotherhood to the English was renewed.

The ceremony of friendship included DeKay’s being chained to the Indians for an hour, during which they gave him a wampum belt to be sent to the governor of New York in token of their friendship. This happened in January of 1745.

Warwick settlers kept their pledges to the Indians which helped in DeKay’s good relations. Instead of collecting bounty on Indian scalps offered by the New York Legislature in 1746, DeKay helped distribute fifty pounds payment to Indian scouts of Orange County.