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Wraxall, Peter (?–11 July 1759), secretary of Indian affairs, was born in Bristol, England, the son of John Wraxall, a merchant. His mother’s name is not known. No record of his early formal education has been found. Although the Wraxall family were prominent members of the local community, the economic fluctuations pertaining to merchant endeavors encouraged young Peter to leave the area in the hopes of achieving a greater degree of personal success and prosperity. He apparently resided in the Netherlands for a time, where he became familiar with the Dutch language. He next visited Jamaica and finally settled in the royal province of New York....