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DONGAN, Thomas, colonial governor of New York, born in Castletown, County Kildare, Ireland, in 1634; died in London, England, 14 December 1715. He early entered the army, and served with the British and then with the French, attaining the rank of colonel. Later he was made lieutenant governor of Tangiers by Charles II., and in 1682 the Duke of York appointed him governor of the colony of New York. His instructions were to conciliate the French. and to give no countenance to Indian tribes hostile to this nation. These suggestions he failed to carry out, and he was accused of inciting the tribes known as the Five Nations to war. In 1686 he gave to the City of New York a charter, and in 1688 resigned his office, but did not return to England until three years later.
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