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New Amsterdam

America’s Original Melting Pot
Narrated by: Stuart Liam McConville
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Categories: History, American
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Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written nonfiction audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20 percent of the time it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each. 

New York City has a reputation for being a place of opportunity, diversity, and inclusivity. It was much the same in its earliest days, back when its Dutch rulers dubbed it New Amsterdam. The Dutch used it as the North American hub of their international trading routes that made them the financial leaders of the world. 

The city was a haven of religious tolerance, cultural diversity, and women’s rights; in many ways, it was the original melting pot, where even slaves could earn their freedom. It later fell to the English and was renamed New York, but the city we know and love today maintains the spirit of its roots.

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Interesting little known history

New Amsterdam: America’s Original Melting Pot. Does exactly what it says on the cover - An introduction to New York's amazing history in 60 minutes.
Well laid out and informative, leaves you wanting to know more about this great city..
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Too bad Dutch didn’t maintain control

This is the eighth book I’ve read/listened to by In60 Learning. So far, I’ve liked them all. They are short books, but packed with information, and I always learn several things while listening.
For example.. “the Dutch did not have as many colonists as the French or English because colonists tended to be people disenfranchised by life in their home country. At the time the Netherlands was in their Golden Age. They were religiously and racially tolerant, and had equality for men and women.” In the book, we learn more about how this made a negative impact on their success in the new world, but also about their positive influences too.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Stuart Liam McConville ) and I would listen to another. He reads this well and with just the correct amount of energy. The only issue was, he often did not pause between sentences, so some things get run together (which requires a little bit more attention to be paid when listening).

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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