Hail to the Chief formerly Long Island Dinosaur
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Please leave the toy dinosaur with the cache. Tread lightly and leave no trace. HISTORY of the Area: Tackapousha was the leader of the Matinecock indians and related Algonquian bands along the North Shore. In the mid-1650s, Tackapousha feared his people would be crushed by Dutch settlers on western Long Island. So he formed an alliance with sachems from other Indian bands of the region to represent the Algonquians at negotiations with the Dutch. This action by Tackapousha helped make him one of the two most powerful Algonquian leaders on Long Island, the other being Wyandanch. Tackapousha died around 1694, more than 30 years after Wyandanch's death. Like Wyandanch, Tackapousha's exact burial place is not known. Nassau County operates the Tackapausha Preserve (spelled differently), in Seaford. December 13,1643 - Sachem Tackapousha, chief of the Indians occupying the "Rockaways" and south shore of Long Island, and six other chiefs signed a deed granting Englishmen a large tract of land encompassing all the southern half of what is now Nassau County. Twelve years later, fearing that the Indians felt inadequately compensated. Governor Nichols of New York wrote the magistrates of the newly established Town of Hempstead to "pay Tackapousha further gratuities for payment of lands which he said were bought too cheap . . . and prevent trouble and settle it one and for all." In 1657 they did just that and added to the original payment "some great cattle, and some small cattle, and some wampum, and some hatchets, some knives, some trading cloth, and . . . some powder and lead, and they went away for anything I know very well satisfied." as recorded by one of the negotiators.
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