The Island at the Center of the World
  • Release Date : 01 November 2013
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 416 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9780349140216
Ratings: 4
From 30 Voters
Get This Book

Download or read book entitled The Island at the Center of the World by author: Russell Shorto which was release on 01 November 2013 and published by Hachette UK with total page 416 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. 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.

At Balthazar

At Balthazar

Author : Reggie Nadelson
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Get Book
Theodosia Burr

Theodosia Burr

Author : Karen Cherro QuiƱones
Publisher : Millbrook Press
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
Get Book