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Sandra

Mountain Home. AR | Member Since 2003

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  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (294)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

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    "Early American History"
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    It is true, history is written by the winners. I learned hardly anything about the Dutch Settlement of New Amsterdam in high school. (I attended private school, the vast majority of the students were Calvinist Dutch decendents.) I don't remember hearing anything about that Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam covered nearly 5 of the oringal 13 colonies. It is also interesting that the English had to hire Dutch speakers to trade with the Native Americans because that was the only other language with which the Natives were familiar. I thank the author for bringing this research to light.

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