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Excerpt from Traveler's Guide: And Illustrated Descriptions of Central New York, Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, Etc;, Together With Rail Road Time Tables When the peace loving Hollanders explored the Hudson in search of a suitable site for a town, or an eligible point for trading with the Indians, they selected a spot several miles above the overslaugh or shoal, with a view to security from maritime attacks by the English, then the most considerable naval power in the world. The Dutch still entertained a wholesome dread of their troublesome and arrogant neighbor, and they not unnaturally sought to shelter themselves behind a natural obstacle in the river, exposed as they must otherwise be to the rapacity of the lawless English buccaneers, who were ravaging every accessible part of the civilized world. For commercial purposes, and the transaction of general business, the situation of Albany is the worst imaginable. Seven or eight miles down the river would have avoided the shallow water which is now such a nuisance to the larger class of steamboats, and all sail craft drawing over seven feet water. And three miles further up would have avoided the precipitous acclivity which a considerable portion of the inhabitants are constrained to climb nearly every day of the year. But Mynheer values his personal security above all such considerations, and the extra labor demanded by the conditions by which he found himself surrounded, had not the weight of a feather in the scale. Albany, the capital of the State, was described by old Jedediah Morse as a city of 1,500 houses and 7,000 inhabitants, "all with their gable ends to the street." This was sixty years ago. Now Albany contains upwards of 62,000 people. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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