A View of Schenectady, New York, circa 1690, from Cowhorn Creek
The Mohawk River connected the western wilderness with the Dutch settlements of New Netherland. Iroquois trade goods made their way to Fort Orange in this way. By the 1660’s Arent Van Curler had the idea of establishing a new settlement west of Albany on the banks of the Mohawk. With his political influence and courageous direction the city of Schenectady was founded. Reconstructing the city as it may have appeared in 1690, was an artistic challenge requiring the interpretation of written accounts and the close scrutiny of historical land surveys. The resulting image was painted by Len Tantillo over the course of many months and provides us with a glimpse into the colonial realization of Van Curler’s vision.
Image size approximate
Type: Giclée Edition ~ Signed and Numbered Prints
Image size: 11 x 20 inches