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The Worst New York Summers of All Time: A Brief History 

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Summer of 1643, The Indian Wars

It was pretty dumb of the wholly underqualified then-director of the Dutch West India Company, Willem Kieft, to randomly and viciously attack the Lenape village of Pavnonia, instigating a two-year conflict. Wrote one Dutch settler of the summer that followed: "Daily in our houses and fields have they cruelly murdered our women and children." Yup, pretty dumb.

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