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The Resource The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America, Russell Shorto

The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America, Russell Shorto

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The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America
Title
The island at the center of the world
Title remainder
the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America
Statement of responsibility
Russell Shorto
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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: 12,000 pages of its records?recently declared a national treasure?are now being translated. 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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--Amazon
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shorto, Russell
Dewey number
974.7/102
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F128.4
LC item number
.S56 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Minuit, Peter
  • Stuyvesant, Peter
  • Donck, Adriaen van der
  • Dutch Americans
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America, Russell Shorto
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385503495
Lccn
2003055227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, maps
System control number
ocm52477207
Label
The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America, Russell Shorto
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385503495
Lccn
2003055227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, maps
System control number
ocm52477207

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