The “sale” of Manhattan was a misunderstanding. In 1626 the director of the Dutch settlement, Peter Minuit, “purchased” Manhattan for sixty guilders worth of trade goods. At that time Indians did everything by trade, and they did not believe that land could be privately owned, any more than could water, air, or sunlight. But they did believe in giving gifts for favors done. The Lenni Lenape—one of the tribes that lived on the island now known as Manhattan—interpreted the trade goods as gifts given in appreciation for the right to share the land. We don't know exactly what the goods were or exactly how much a guilder was worth at that time. It has been commonly thought that sixty guilders equaled about twenty-four dollars. But the buying power of twenty-four dollars in 1626 is not known for sure.
What "Wall Street" and the U.S. have become -- an imperial-colonial power over the world's economics and the laws that protect it -- is a direct legacy of the fraud and violence committed against Native nations.
As are all of U.S. land "holdings" in northern America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.
(especially now that it is OCCUPYING L.A., Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago....)
(Woman in picture below: Jennie Bob [Lenape],1915)