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Edgewater, New Jersey is a borough in Bergen County. The first settler there was David Pietersz Devries, who bought 500 acres from the Tappan Indian tribe, who owned the land. It was there that he established the settlement of Vriessendael in about 1640. About three years later, in 1643, Kieft's War, which pitted the colonists against the Lenape tribe, Vriessendael was razed. In 1758, Etienne Burdett's ferry service began between Manhattan and Burdett's Landing in Edgewater. Situated at the base of the bluff on which Fort Lee sat, Burdett's Landing played a crucial role in the American Revolution, as it was the link for information and supplies between Fort Lee in New Jersey and Fort Washington in New York. After the war Edgewater became a well-known resort area, complete with gigantic hotels, and in 1900, the Palisades Interstate Park was established.

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