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Long before the area that is now known as Yonkers was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609, the land was already inhabited with Native Americans. The Indian village that was discovered after the Half Moon sailed down the Hudson River was known as Nappeckamack. "When the Manhattan Indians built their capital village of Nappeckamack, they selected what to them was the choicest sit along the full length of the Hudson River. It was easily accessible not only to the great rive but to the smaller river which offered a harbor for their canoes."1 Ethnologists linked the Native Americans in this area to the Algonquin through classification by language. "The Hudson River Indians spoke the Algonquin. This was the language of the red villagers in 'the rapid water settlement. The Indians on the banks for the Neperah were confederated with the Mohicans and with them constituted one tribe or nation."2 It is important to begin with the history of the inhabitants before the white man settled in the area of Yonkers because the interactions between the crew of the Half Moon and the villagers of Nappeckamack marks the beginning or trade and commerce in this area that soon became and industrial powerhouse.
Grzegorzewski, Roisin, "Yonkers: The Class and Race Dynamic of Waterfront Revitalization" (2010). African & African American Studies Senior Theses. 42.