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Anhoek: a definition

The word Anhoek is yet another purposeful malappropriation of the name Ann Hutchinson. This last version follows Annie Hoeck, An-Hook, Ann Hooke, Ann's Hook and, of course, "The Hutch". Ann Hutchinson, orator, preacher, midwife, "Railer and Reviler" and "American Jezebel" was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony on charges of "heresy, witchcraft and political anarchy."

After settling outside of New Amsterdam (present-day Bronx), she and her family refused to bear arms against the local tribes that had begun to ban together and retaliate against the Dutch. Farther north, Hutchinson and her family had consistently advocated for peaceful co-existence between New England tribes and European colonists, speaking out against the enslavement of Native Americans.

During that so-called 'Year of Blood', 1643, two Indian settlements in the New Amsterdam area, had been attacked by the Dutch while they were sleeping, resulting in the death of many native men, women and children. The Siwanois tribe retaliated and Hutchinson and her family, living within the boundaries of Dutch settlements and adjacent to Siwanois planting grounds, were killed. One red-haired daughter escaped death. The Siwanois found her hiding in a crevice located in the center of a twenty-foot boulder. She was given a Siwanois name that translates into English as "Autumn Leaf" and raised as a daughter. She was reluctant to be redeemed by her birth family seven years later.

According to Dr. Anthony Piccolo, "Wampage, Sachem [shief] of the Siwanoy, is believed to have personally executed Hutchinson, since he signed himself ''Ann Hooke'' in the Pell Treaty of 1654." It was tribal custom for the murderer to adopt the name of an important victim.

An-hook's [yet another spelling] daughter, later to marry a colonist, was named 'An". The village of Wampage also became known as the Land of Anne Hooke, later Ann Hooke's Neck (today's Rodman's Neck). The Hutchinson River, which is more aptly described as tidal estuary, is the only river in the United States named after a woman. Anne Hutchinson's settlement is unmarked.