Friday, December 29, 2006

Manhattan #9, Alcohol #7

The Delawares call this place (New-York Island) Mannahattanink or Mannahachtanink to this day. They have frequently told me that it derived its name from this general intoxication, and that the word comprehended the same as to say, the island or place of general intoxication.

“The Indian Tradition of the First Arrival of the Dutch, at Manhattan Island, Now New-York”
[D]erived from the manuscripts deposited among the collections of the Society by the Rev. Samuel Miller, D.D., to whom its was communicated by the Rev. John Heckewelder, for many years a Moravian missionary to the Indians of Pennsylvania.

Collections of the New-York Historical Society. Second Series. Volume 1. (1841)