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Beginnings: A small kettle pond fed by a freshwater spring at the edge of the Hempstead Plains was the basis of Plainview's origins. The pond became a holy site for Indians, who valued rare sources of fresh water. They named the pond Moscopas, meaning ``hole of dirt and water,'' and the hill Manetto, a word for ``god.'' Hempstead settler Robert Williams purchased land west of Moscopas from the Matinecocks in 1648. The major European land purchase, however, was in 1695, when Thomas Powell's Bethpage Purchase extended north to Moscopas. A tiny farming community formed near the pond, taking the name Manetto Hill.
Photo: Plainview Old Bethpage Community Park on Washington Ave. in Plainview. (Newsday / John Keating)

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