How the Dutch Made New York

02Feb2017 18:00 - 20:00


In his book "The Island at the Center of the World", Russell Shorto describes the history of the Dutch role in the establishment of Manhattan. 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 Shorto portrays as a forgotten American patriot. It is his political vision that brought van der Donck 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 more than is often recognised. In this lecture, Shorto will focus about the stories that led to "How the Dutch Made New York."

Speaker:  Russell Shorto is the author of five books, including the bestseller The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam. From 2008 to 2013, he was the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. His next book, Revolution Song: A New History of America’s Fight for Freedom, will be published in the fall.
Venue: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: U.S Consulate Youth Board


Published by  Amsterdam University College