In 1664, Peter Stuyvesant was forced to surrender the Dutch colony of New Netherland to England, under the “Articles, Whereupon the Citty and Fort Amsterdam and the Province of the New Netherlands Were Surrendered.”
This map of “la Louisiane,” published by French geographer Guillaume de l’Isle, is the first detailed map of the Gulf Coast region and the Mississippi River, as well as the first printed map to show Texas and identify New Orleans.
Teaching with Russell Shorto’s book Island at the Center of the World
Students will examine primary documents and secondary sources to analyze the effects of the Dutch West India Company settlement in North America.
Students will be able to identify the role of geography, seventeenth-century Dutch law, and commercial interests of the DWIC in the development of New Amsterdam.
Students will analyze the encounters of the settlers of New Amsterdam with the indigenous...
Early European explorers to the Americas likely experienced emotions including awe at the vast “new” environment, amazement at meeting “others,” the thrill of the unknown, concern for personal safety, desire for personal reward, and longing for their homeland and those left behind. Written and pictorial records attributed to Europeans provide the bulk of the records of these early travels. Impressions of natives as well as Native impressions of Europeans are frequently framed in the narratives of the explorers....