The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America - Vol. 1

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"CHAPTER I.
THE MEDIÆVAL NETHERLANDS.

THE DUTCH AND QUAKER COLO-
NIES IN AMERICA.

"WHEN one beholds this city,"says Feénelon, in speaking of Amsterdam,"one is inclined to believe that it is not the city of a particular people, but the common city of all the peoples in the world, and the centre of their commerce." If now after the lapse of two centuries the good archbishop could return to this world and visit the New Amsterdam. at the mouth of Henry Hudson's river, how could he better record his impressions than by using the selfsame words? Among great cities New York is especially conspicuous and notable for its cosmopolitanism, and this feature, as we shall have occasion to observe, has belonged to it from the beginning. It is not altogether a consequence of the vast commercial growth upon Manhattan Island, but in great part a direct inheritance from the mother. city at the mouth of the Amstel. The differences in social physiognomy between the Boston and the New York of to-day are surely not greater and are probably less than between the village of JohnEndicott

Amsterdam
the mother-
city of New
York.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter I - The Mediæval Netherlands 1
  • Chapter II - Dutch Influence upon England 30
  • Chapter III - Verrazano and Hudson 58
  • Chapter IV - The West India Company 96
  • Chapter V 127
  • Chapter VI - King Log and King Stork 158
  • Chapter VII 189
  • Chapter VIII - Some Affairs of New Amsterdam 219
  • Chapter IX 243
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