400 years later...

new netherland map

A 1650 map of New Netherland. That's the Hudson River running down the center of the map.

From part three of Tobias Seamon's look at the Dutch history of New York:

Published anonymously in Antwerp in 1649 but very likely authored by Cornelis Melyn, patroon (manorial lord) of Staten Island, the pamphlet "Broad Advice" horrified the Dutch public with its scathing description of New Netherland's leadership. Written in the form of a play, "Broad Advice" created a full-blown scandal with its depictions of high-handedness, fiscal irresponsibility, debaucheries, and Indian slaughters perpetrated by the colonial administration.

Hmm. It doesn't sound like a whole lot has changed in 400 years.

By the way: the last post about Seamon's series prompted people to suggest a few books about this subject.

map via Wikipedia's entry on New Netherlands

Comments

Cape Cod looked a lot more muscular back then.

Haha! Like it's about to punch Boston in the face.

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