The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America (Paperback)
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The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America (Paperback)

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Published: 01/05/2014
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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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349140209
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 27 mm


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The Island at the Center of the World must always be near the top of the list of great books about New York Guardian

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“Fantastic insight into the very start of Manhattan and New York!!”

Well written book that brings to life a little known true part of history: the very beginnings of what would eventually become Manhattan and New York. The characters are brought to life thanks to the clever use of... More

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