A Description of New Netherland

By Adriaen Van der Donck; Charles T. Gehring et al. | Go to book overview

NOTES

All notes are the editors’.


Preface

1. Adriaen van Der Donck, A Description of the New Netherlands, ed. Thomas F. O’Donnell (Syracuse ny: Syracuse University Press, 1968), xl.

2. Ada van Gastel, “Van der Donck’s Description of the Indians: Additions and Corrections,” William and Mary Quarterly 47, no. 3 (1990): 411–21. For Van Gastel’s analysis of Van der Donck’s career in the New World, see “Adriaen van der Donck, New Netherland, and America” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 1985).


The Country

1. Van der Donck’s “mile” (Dutch, mijl) approximates 2.8 statute miles.

2. In 1602 the States General of the United Provinces of the Netherlands chartered the voc (Verenigde Oost-indische Compagnie), or United East India Company, to manage the lucrative trade with the Far East. Formed as a joint stock company, it was given the authority to raise its own army and navy in order to maintain control of its trade routes. Moreover, in these endeavors it held the power to make war and peace and also to negotiate treaties with foreign princes. Essentially, the voc represented the privatization of Dutch foreign policy. See note 7.

3. In 1638 Sweden chartered the South Company to form a colony in the New World. The first director was Peter Minuit, former

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