Boek cover The Island at the Center of the World van Russell Shorto

The Island at the Center of the World

The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America

9,89
4.7 op 5 sterren
uitgever Little, Brown Book Group
Taal Engels
Bindwijze Paperback
Afmetingen Afmeting: 19,8 x 12,6 x 3,3 cm
Aantal paginas 416 pagina's
Illustraties Nee
Auteur(s) Russell Shorto
Uitgever Little, Brown Book Group
Gewicht 286 g
Studieboek Nee
Verpakking breedte 125 mm
Verpakking hoogte 28 mm
Verpakking lengte 194 mm

Boekbeschrijving

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed. Drawing on the archives of the New Netherland Project, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative that transforms our understanding of early America. The Dutch colony pre-dated the 'original' thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive, young lawyer named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The struggle between these two strong-willed men laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own.

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