Manhattan's Walloon Settlers

Manhattan's Walloon Settlers

by Eugene Betit PhD

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Overview

Thanks to Jesse DeForest, thirty-two courageous Walloons arrived in Manhattan in June, 1624. Thirteen years later, three of his children arrived. Their descendants dispersed to Albany, Stamford, Connecticut and Hempstead. Long Island, while others remained in New Amsterdam. Three hundred years later, DeForests thrive in every state. America's growth is reflected by vignettes of twenty-three DeForests, plus seven from the female line, and eleven military leaders. David Curtis De Forest helped Argentina gain independence from Spain, became a wealthy privateer, and established a Yale family scholarship. DeForests were farmers, pioneers, explorers, industrialists, financiers, philanthropists, clergy, missionaries and educated ex-slaves.

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ISBN-13: 9781495813078
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit served as a German and Russian linguist and military intelligence analyst in the US Army for twenty years. After selection for the Soviet Foreign Area Officer's program, he studied Russian in California, Garmisch, Germany, and Georgetown University. where he received a MA and Ph. D. Bétit and his wife Sheila live on Lake Holiday near Winchester, Virginia, having lived in Arlington 35 years. He is a docent at Belle Grove, a volunteer with the National Park Service at Cedar Creek National Historical Partnership Park and is the librarian for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation

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