Thursday, April 6, 2017

Names Indians Called Long Island,New York

Early Native American Names for Long Island




DISCOVERY AND SETTLEMENT OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK HISTORY 
OF COLONIAL TIMES. 
The names by which Long Island was called 
by the Indians were various. Among them 
were Mattanwake, Meitowax, Sewanhacky 
(Island of Shells), Paumanake, etc. By rea- 
son of its form the early settlers applied to 
the island its present name. The colonial Legis- 
lature in 1693 changed it to Nassau, in honor of 
William of Nassau, Prince of Orange, and required that 
all legal instruments should recognize that name. It 
never acquired more than a partial use, and though the 
act is unrepealed the name is obsolete.