15. Canarsie

Wyckoff House

The residential neighborhood of Canarsie in southeast Brooklyn takes its name from the Canarsee peoples, a band of Munsee-speaking Lenape. The Canarsee are credited with selling Manhattan to the Dutch, but they likely lived at the intersection of Seaview and Ramsen Avenues in this area of Brooklyn around Jamaica Bay. Canarsee cornfields were centered around East 92nd Street, and shell heaps were found as late as 1930.

Canarsee leaders such as Penhawitz signed three land agreements with Dutch settlers between 1636 and 1667. By the time most of their land was sold to the Dutch, only three Native families still lived there. But the Canarsee also constructed Red Hook Lane, which passed through the marshland and connected Red Hook with Brooklyn Heights.