Holland Land Company

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Holland Land Company

Holland Land Company, Dutch enterprise active in the settlement of much of W New York and some of NW Pennsylvania. Organized by Dutch bankers in 1796, it secured lands in New York (known as the Holland Purchase) from Robert Morris, who had assembled them as part of a gigantic land speculation. The company developed its holdings, planned town sites, and sold the lands on liberal terms directly to settlers. Its main land office was opened (1801) in Batavia, N.Y. About 1846 the affairs of the company in the United States were liquidated.


See studies by P. D. Evans (1924) and W. Chazanof (1970).

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Ogden and his brother, Thomas Ludlow Ogden, both powerful New York attorneys, had previously been lawyers for the Holland Land Company, which had indirectly bought the lion's share of western New York State from the Six Nations at the Treaty of Big Tree in 1797.
Also present was Joseph Ellicott, chief surveyor and resident agent for the Holland Land Company, the largest single landowner in the area.
(33) Pointing to the agent of the largest land owner in the area, the Holland Land Company's Joseph Ellicott, Sagoyewatha joked that the Ogden Company would do better to ask him for land.
Derby, 1850), and History of Phelps and Gorham's Purchase (Rochester, NY: William Ailing, 1851); William Chanzanof, Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Company (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1970); and Charles Royster, The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times (New York: Knopf, 1999).
The northern two-thirds of what is now Reinstein Woods was bought by Holland Land Company, which was responsible for surveying most of western New York in the late 1700s to early 1800s.
Eventually, the Holland Land Company holdings were divided and sold to early settlers in long, narrow parcels.
Not only does Shaw discuss the construction and operation of the canal and its impact on the commerce and settlement of the West, but he also considers its impact on local, state, and national politics, on public opinion regarding large transportation projects, and on the society of communities created by the "Big Ditch." The research is impressive, including local newspapers, manuscript collections (such as the DeWitt Clinton Collection, the Martin Van Buren Papers, and the Holland Land Company Records), published letters and memoirs, state documents, and a wide variety of secondary sources.

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