The Colony of New Netherland

The Colony of New Netherland

A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth-century America

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Cornell University Press

The Dutch involvement in North America started after Henry Hudson, sailing under a Dutch flag in 1609, traveled up the river that would later bear his name. The Dutch control of the region was short-lived, but had profound effects on the Hudson Valley region. In The Colony of New Netherland, Jaap Jacobs offers a comprehensive history of the Dutch colony on the Hudson from the first trading voyages in the 1610s to 1674, when the Dutch ceded the colony to the English.

As Jacobs shows, New Netherland offers a distinctive example of economic colonization and in its social and religious profile represents a noteworthy divergence from the English colonization in North America. Centered around New Amsterdam on the island of Manhattan, the colony extended north to present-day Schenectady, New York, east to central Connecticut, and south to the border shared by Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, leaving an indelible imprint on the culture, political geography, and language of the early modern mid-Atlantic region. Dutch colonists' vivid accounts of the land and people of the area shaped European perceptions of this bountiful land; their own activities had a lasting effect on land use and the flora and fauna of New York State, in particular, as well as on relations with the Native people with whom they traded.

Sure to become readers' first reference to this crucial phase of American early colonial history, The Colony of New Netherland is a multifaceted and detailed depiction of life in the colony, from exploration and settlement through governance, trade, and agriculture. Jacobs gives a keen sense of the built environment and social relations of the Dutch colonists and closely examines the influence of the church and the social system adapted from that of the Dutch Republic. Although Jacobs focuses his narrative on the realities of quotidian existence in the colony, he considers that way of life in the broader context of the Dutch Atlantic and in comparison to other European settlements in North America.


The Dutch involvement in North America started after Henry Hudson, sailing under a Dutch flag in 1609, traveled up the river that would later bear his name. The Dutch control of the region was short-lived, but had profound effects on the Hudson Valley...

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While the English colonies in North America are a frequent subject for historians, comparatively little has been written about life in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Focusing on the nuts and bolts of the colony--trade, agriculture, governance, religion, and artisans and industry--Jacobs (formerly affiliated with Ohio University and Cornell University) portrays the distinctive nature of the Dutch colonial experience. Although the Dutch tenure as colonialists din North America was relatively short, lasting only a half-century or so, their colony had a major effect on the culture, land use, political geography, and language of the mid-Atlantic area centered on what is now New York. Likely to become a standard reference on New Netherland, this book will appeal to historians of the colonial experience in North America and to readers interested in the history of New York. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780801475160
0801475163
Branch Call Number: 974.702 J153c
Characteristics: xi, 332 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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