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Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664   By: (1859-1937)

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Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664 by J. Franklin Jameson is a comprehensive and enlightening historical collection that offers readers a captivating insight into the early years of Dutch colonization in America. Through a thoughtful compilation of primary sources, Jameson takes us back in time, unveiling the various perspectives and experiences of the individuals who were part of this significant era.

The book begins with a concise yet informative introduction, contextualizing the historical backdrop of New Netherland during the early 17th century. Jameson's adept analysis sets the stage for the narratives that follow, offering readers a robust framework for understanding the complexities of this colonial period.

Divided into seven distinct sections, the book presents an array of narratives, ranging from exploratory voyages and diplomatic exchanges to personal accounts of settlers and interactions with Native American tribes. Jameson not only translates these original documents into English for accessibility but also provides invaluable annotations to aid in comprehension. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that readers can fully grasp the significance of these primary sources, enriching their understanding of New Netherland's history.

One of the book's standout features is the diversity of perspectives it encompasses. By including numerous firsthand accounts and official reports, Jameson paints a multifaceted picture of the challenges faced by the Dutch during their colonization efforts. The inclusion of Native American narratives further underscores the complex interactions between settlers and indigenous peoples, offering a more holistic portrayal of the era.

Jameson's thorough research and scholarly expertise shine throughout the book. His insightful commentary and analysis help bridge the gap between different sources, highlighting connections and discrepancies, and offering his own interpretations. This approach enriches the narratives, making them more than just a collection of historical documents but a cohesive narrative that brings history to life.

While the book offers a fascinating glimpse into this lesser-known chapter of American history, it is worth noting that its focus may limit its appeal to a more specialized audience. The detailed accounts and academic style of writing make it better suited for those with a keen interest in the subject matter.

Overall, Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664 is a remarkable contribution to historical scholarship. Through a meticulous collection and analysis of primary sources, J. Franklin Jameson provides readers with a rich understanding of New Netherland's early years. This book serves as an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and anyone interested in exploring the complexities of colonial America.

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Reference material and sources.

Emanuel Van Meteren, On Hudson's Voyage, 1610. In J. Franklin Jameson, ed., Narratives of New Netherland, 1609 1664 (Original Narratives of Early American History). NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909.

We have observed in our last book that the Directors of the East India Company in Holland had sent out in March last, on purpose to seek a passage to China by northeast or northwest, a skilful English pilot, named Henry Hudson, in a Vlie boat, having a crew of eighteen or twenty men, partly English, partly Dutch, well provided.

This Henry Hudson left the Texel on the 6th of April, 1609, doubled the Cape of Norway the 5th of May, and directed his course along the northern coasts towards Nova Zembia; but he there found the sea as full of ice as he had found it in the preceding year, so that they lost the hope of effecting anything during the season. This circumstance, and the cold, which some of his men, who had been in the East Indies, could not bear, caused quarrels among the crew, they being partly English, partly Dutch, upon which Captain Hudson laid before them two propositions... Continue reading book >>

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