This Date in Danish American History - Jonas Bronck

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  • This Date in American History - Jonas Bronck


On April 22, 1642 a peace treaty was signed at Jonas Bronck's homestead between Dutch authorities and the Wecquaesgeek sachems Ranaqua and Tackamuck (native Americans).  This homestead area is now the "Bronx" borough of New York City.  This event is portrayed in a painting by the American artist John Ward Dunsmore (1856–1945)

The actual birth location of Jonas Bronck has been questioned for some time, but this 2014 article by Sam Roberts in the New York Times claimed that Bronck was born in Savsjo, Sweden in 1600.  That part of the Swedish territory was in fact part of the Kingdom of Denmark under King Christian IV in 1600, so we will call him Danish.  Nevertheless, the article is a good piece of history on how the Bronx borough of New York was established and named.  You'll also meet a few of Bronck's modern descendents...

"Bronx" New York Times

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