Primary Document: The King’s Highway
This document tells us that:
NYS was organized as a Province in early days.
In order to be an official King’s road, certain standards had to be met. (a rod is 16 ˝ feet); roads were usually 66 feet or so
wide– this unusual width may be due to a transcription error (16/5 x 40 = 660 feet!)
People were modifying the landscape by 1735, and calling it “improvements”.
That some landholders grew crops beyond their own family’s needs, and called them “plantations”, even in the north.
Colonials: Modifying environment, government