Sunday, December 27, 2009

Old New York Was Once New Amsterdam...

Much as New Orleans was a product of French colonization, another distinct and vital city in the United States, New York, has Dutch roots that have shaped its subsequent history:

“Most historians don’t think much of the Dutch; they minimalize the Dutch influence and try to get out of that period as quickly as possible to get into English stuff,” Mr. Gehring said, explaining why he has spent half of his 70 years mining Dutch colonial history. “What you find out is how deeply the Dutch cast roots here and how much of their culture they transmitted to this country.”

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