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Kinderhook, New York marks the location where Martin Van Buren spent his youth as well as his retirement. During Van Buren's lifetime the Albany or Old Post Road was the main thoroughfare between New York City and Albany. This road passed through the Old Dutch settlement of Kinderhook ("children's corner") where Van Buren's parents owned a tavern. A gathering place for local residents, the tavern also welcomed travelers bound for Albany & New York City.

1. Locate Kinderhook and note its location between Albany and New York City.

2. As a child growing up in Kinderhook, what types of people might Martin Van Buren have come in contact with as they made their way to New York or Albany?

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