Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Harvard University Land Aquisition Records & Research

Harvard University Land Acquisition Records & Research

We need to realize that Harvard University, as a "corporate entity" made many large-scale purchases of lots of land in the New England region starting from the 1600's onwards.  I did some looking into their land records that have recently been uploaded to the internet to see what I could find.  Obviously the records are not complete.  Harvard University were MAJOR players in land acquisition.  For instance, the town of Holliston is named after Thomas Hollis, a benefactor of Harvard University, the town of Hopkinton is named after John Hopkins, another Harvard University benefactor, etc. 
Personally I do not have a high opinion of Harvard University or it's benefactors, past or present.  I am just scratching the surface of the rabbit-hole here by pointing out the massive scale Harvard University has played a role in of huge sums of land acquisition.  When you think about out, these elite circles and groups of men associated with Harvard played a large role of shaping the landscape, attitudes, politics and communities of the colonial world of this region, and they continue to do so today but on a global-scale.  Actually, these people's enterprise was on a global scale back then also.  For instance Thomas Hollis never stepped foot in America, yet through his association with Harvard University has a town named after him, and gone are the proper Native place names of such local areas such as "Wanakeening" which translates as "Smile of the Great Spirit."  However, the ramifications of Harvard University's enterprises today in the modern world is going to have a deeper impact on the emerging global community than ever before.  For instance, everyone knows that they have the "best" law school as well as many other areas of learning.  This may sound good to some, but the reality is that it isn't.  These people are diplomats and globalists.  Furthermore, one might want to do a search for "Maritime Admiralty Law" to learn more about the roots and terminology, even the symbolism behind the western structure of the law system.  What people don't know about this system of commerce will astound you! 
These people are all about projecting their agenda forth, even if it means displacing communities in the process, which is what the early acquisitions of land did to Native communities in early colonial times.  For instance, College St. in Hopkinton MA. is named after the Harvard College purchase of that land from Native people in 1715- that whole area by the Milford, Hopkinton and Holliston town lines was supposed to be land set aside for Native people... until Harvard College made what was probably an illegal, and definitely aggressive purchase of that land in 1715-16.  A more modern example of such acts of relocation/ displacing communities would be a look at New Orleans after it was flooded about 10 years ago now.  They have since re-built the city, and I have seen the faces and heard the voices of many of the people who are unable to move back into their old neighborhoods because they are too poor.  Musical artist Neil Young said it best in the lyric, "what if Al Qaeda blew up the levees/ Would New Orleans have been safer that way?/ Sheltered by our government's protection/ Or was someone just not home that day?"  This lyric implies that while the administration of the United States government is focused on war-time efforts overseas, there were no first-call responders to the disaster scene of New Orleans even when we have the resources to do so for our own citizens.  Some would say that this was deliberate.  Such scenarios, which institutions such as Harvard College has perfected, is called "the totalitarian tip-toe."  It is engineering society and the world around us, but only by a small piece at a time, and therefore most people simply don't take notice.  For instance, police officers used to visit schools and do DARE workshops/ classes, and now some of these same officers are the resident officers patrolling and working from the schools everyday.  While on the subject, here is a 15 minute video clip of researcher David Icke talking about the Fukushima radiation disaster- https://youtu.be/o8YzzI0j4iM
But back to the Harvard College Archives.  Although I did not find the 1715-16 Purchase of the area around College St. in the Hopkinton/ Milford MA. area, there are a lot of land acquisitions from the 15th to the 19th centuries, some titles with interesting names such as "Pequot Lands" and "the Narragansett Farm."  Have a look.  I provide the link to the archives here- 
Okay.  I did some more browsing and found more archives titled "Records of gifts and donations."  In subseries A and B Edward Hopkins and Thomas Hollis are mentioned.  The 1715 purchase of land is mentioned that became Hopkinton but that's about it.  It didn't go into the detail I was looking for, such as confirming the presence of Native villages and families- to this end it said nothing.  But the document is still worth a look:
However, I have seen a map of Holliston, from the Holliston Historic Society that cites the "earliest points of interest."  There is an arrow around modern day College St. by the Holliston, Hopkinton and Milford town lines that reads: "possible Indian villages."  The land around this area may not afford a good village site, such as the land around Lake Winthrop in Holliston by the Sherborn town line area that was known to have villages, but it seems that early Euro-American residents must have noted something special about the College St. and surrounding area, which is one of the hot-spots in this region for Native Stone-Works such as cairn fields, prayer seats, enclosures, partial dolmens, rocking stones, etc.  There are a lot of high ridges in this area, as well as a source of water (Charles River, brooks) and was probably (or rather, it becomes quite obvious and clear) used for ceremonial use, in contrast to settlement sites.  I also know hunting/ fishing took place here, such as the arrowhead and quartz pick I saw along Beaver Brook off College St. 

1 comment:

  1. aaah, so glad to have stumbled upon this, very refreshing to know there are others that can think outside the box! Thank you so much!