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Provoost, Abraham & Elias Bond to the city of Albany

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01964 Author/Creator: Provoost, Abraham & Elias Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1686/09/10 Pagination: 2p.+ docket 32.5 x 20.9 cm

Summary of Content: The document states that Elias and Abraham Provoost are bound to the city and people of Albany for the sum of 50 pounds. It is also stated that the Provoosts have a pass from the Governor to trade with the 5 Nations, and if they should decide not to trade with the Indians for peltry, then the current financial obligation will be declared void.

People: Dongan, Thomas, 1634-1715

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryMohawk IndianFinanceGovernment and CivicsMerchants and TradeCommerceFur Trade

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