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Daniel Denton (C.1626–1703), Paul Royster Jan 1984

Daniel Denton (C.1626–1703), Paul Royster

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Daniel Denton wrote and published A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF NEW-YORK: FORMERLY CALLED NEW-NETHERLANDS in London in 1670. The work was a promotional tract designed to encourage English settlement of territories lately seized from the Dutch. It is one of the earliest English accounts of the geography, climate, economy, and native inhabitants of the region that includes present-day New York City, Long Island, Staten Island, and New Jersey. The tract is perhaps most famous for its early statement of Manifest Destiny: how “a Divine Hand makes way for them [the English settlers] by removing or cutting off the Indians, either by ...


A Brief Recognition Of New-Englands Errand Into The Wilderness: An Online Electronic Text Edition, Samuel Danforth, Paul Royster (Transcriber & Editor) Dec 1669

A Brief Recognition Of New-Englands Errand Into The Wilderness: An Online Electronic Text Edition, Samuel Danforth, Paul Royster (Transcriber & Editor)

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Samuel Danforth’s election sermon of 1670 is a classic example of the New England jeremiad. Addressed to the assembled delegates on the occasion of the election of officers for the Massachusetts General Court, it asks the very pointed question: “What is it that distinguisheth New-England from other Colonies and Plantations in America?” The answer, of course, is that the Puritan colonies (Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven) were founded for the pursuit of religious ends by the reformed Protestant churches of England:

“You have solemnly professed before God, Angels and Men, that the Cause of your leaving your Country ...