In 1634 the Dutchman Cornelis Antonissen Van Slyke set out on a perilous
journey to New Netherland (present day New York). He was a thirty year
old carpenter and mason whose skills were desirable in the new colony.
Little did he know that a lifetime of adventure and hardship awaited
him. Within a few years after his arrival in the New World he would meet
a French-Mohawk woman named Ots-Toch.
Together they carved out a life
in the wilderness, raising three children who became valued interpreters
for the Dutch, British, and Iroquois. This is the story of Cornelis and
Ots-Toch, and of Ots-Toch’s father Jacques Hertel, interpreter in New
France (present day Quebec) to Samuel de Champlain, the Father of
Canada. This book also follows the descendants of Cornelis and Ots-Toch
to 5 generations.