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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Acrelius, Israel, 1714-1800 (search)
Acrelius, Israel, 1714-1800 Clergyman: born in Osteraker, Sweden, Dec. 25, 1714: was ordained in 1743; came to America to preside over the Swedish congregations in New Sweden in 1749. His work was marked with success, but after seven years toil he was forced to resign by ill-health, and returned to Sweden. His publications include The Swedish colonies in America (1759, translated into English in 1874), and articles on America. He died in Fellingsbro, April 25, 1800. See New Sweden, founding of.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Sweden, founding of (search)
New Sweden, founding of The following narrative of the founding of New Sweden is from the History of New Sweden by the Rev. Israel Acrelius (q. v.), who was provost over the Swedish congregations in America, and pastor of the church in Christiania in 1749-56. A translation of the work with valuable notes, by the Rev. William M. Reynolds, was published in the Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1874. After that the magnanimous Genoese, Christopher Columbus, had, at theCape Florida to the St. Lawrence River, which was formerly called Florida, when separate names were not yet given to its coasts. That was done about the year 1584. Captain De la Ware, under the command of the English Admiral James Chartiers, Acrelius has been led into this singular mistake by Campanius, whom he here follows. Cartier (not Chartiers) was a French subject, and discovered the St. Lawrence in 1534. Lord (not captain ) De la Ware was appointed governor of Virginia in 1610, and a