New PDF release: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

By Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp

ISBN-10: 0060852569

ISBN-13: 9780060852566

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her kin deserted the industrial-food pipeline to stay a rural life—vowing that, for 12 months, they’d merely purchase nutrition raised of their personal local, develop it themselves, or discover ways to stay with no it. half memoir, half journalistic research, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a charming narrative that might open your eyes in 100 new how you can an previous fact: you're what you consume.

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Alternatively, these hairs would wear off the pelt after about a year of use and therefore the beaver pelt of choice, known as a coat beaver, had been worn by an Indian for a year. Unused pelts, parchment beavers, could be sold only to the Russians until Westerners learned the technique of plucking the hairs with a thumb and a knife blade at the end of the seventeenth century, after the fall of New Netherlands. New Netherlands included the entire land of the Lenape, Lenepehoking, from the South River—the Delaware—to the North River— the Hudson—north to Albany, where the Dutch established the settlements of Fort Orange and Rensselaer, to the Fresh River—the Connecticut—where they established a settlement in what is now Hartford.

But in Lenape culture, and in most North American cultures, the concept of owning land did not exist. Land was used and a tribe could negotiate with another tribe on rights to use the land. Land was created by God and could not be owned any more than someone could buy a piece of the ocean, lay claim to the sky, or purchase a star. Perhaps this was why, although the Lenape had periodic outbreaks of violence, they never had true wars of the kind Europeans were prone to. The Wappinger Confederation accepted the tribute from the Europeans in exchange for supporting their claim to use the land.

Other sales followed. In 1630, Minuit purchased Staten Island from the Tappans for metal drill bits, wampum, and axes. Some Jew’s harps were also thrown in. Kiliaen van Rensselaer bought a thousand acres near Fort Orange and established Rensselaerwyk. The same year, 1630, an island known in Lenape as Kioshk or Gull Island was bought by the Dutch and renamed Little Oyster Island. In the eighteenth century, it would be renamed after its then owner Samuel Ellis. In 1652, the Dutch bought several sections of Brooklyn, includ- 4 0 • T h e B i g O y s te r ing what is now called Bay Ridge, from the Nyacks.

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