The purchase of Manhattan Island is an unrecorded event dressed in mystery and myth. An examination of the myth and of its history corrects misconceptions that are nearly as ancient as the purchase.
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Francis, Peter Jr.
"The Beads That Did Not Buy Manhattan Island."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
22: 41-51. Available at: