What is Sint Sink?

Robert Ryder map of Long Island, 1674

"Sint Sink" was the Matinecock (Algonquin) Indian tribe name for the Cow Neck Peninsula on the north shore of Long Island, an area that extends from Hempstead Harbor to Manhasset Bay. "Sint Sink" means "place of many rocks." In 1644, the Matinecocks sold the land to the Dutch who later sold it to the English. In 1674, the first settler to build a house was Englishman Richard Cornwall. His house was the first in a settlement that would eventually become the beginnings of Port Washington, New York, the birthplace of Jan (Rugen) Mittelstaedt. She resided here until the age of 22, and the town is where she met and married her husband.

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