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The Island At The Centre Of The World

Door Russell Shorto

The Island At The Centre Of The World
RubriekGeschiedenis Noord-Amerika
Boeknummer#213470
TitelThe Island At The Centre Of The World. The untold story of Dutch Manhattan and the founding of New York.
AuteurShorto, Russell
BoektypeGebonden hardcover met stofomslag
Jaar van uitgave2004
UitgeverijDoubleday
ISBN10038560324X
ISBN139780385603249
TaalEngels
Samenvatting Based on new documents just translated from C17th Dutch, this book tells the story of how a wilderness island populated by wolves, wild strawberries and native Indians, situated on a perfect natural harbour at the mouth of a great river leading into the centre of a new continent, became the crucial prize in a conflict between the Dutch and the English about who would control the recently discovered American continent. This is the page-turning story of the early years of Manhattan under Dutch rule, with at its heart a battle between men who would be its leader, the autocratic despot Stuyvesant, and the liberal-minded lawyer Van den Donck. It is Russell Shorto's thesis that the overlooked history of the original Dutch colony, and the attitudes of the Dutch settlers, were the principal inspiration for the free-trade, multi-cultural, upwardly-mobile 'melting pot' spirit of New York, and hence America.
Pagina's432
Staat van het boekGoed
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