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Eventually, this word entered the lexicon of the Dutch settlers.
In 1661 Jacques inherited what became known as Van Slyck's Island from his brother Marten, who had been given it by the Mohawk.
From the early days of interaction, early Dutch traders in the valley had unions with Mohawk women, if not always official marriages.
Their children were raised within the Mohawk community, which had a matrilineal kinship system, considering children born into the mother's clan.
They were prohibited from the fur trade by the Albany monopoly, which kept its control after the English takeover in 1664.
Residents of the new village developed farms on strip plots along the river.