The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America - John Fiske. This book is a cornucopia of fascinating historical information. “The coming of the Dutch to the coast of North America introduced an element of variety that has always been of high interest and importance. They were then indisputably the foremost commercial people in the world, and they seized upon a position marked out by its geography as an imperial centre for trade. Many things in American life are implicated with the fact that New York is virtually the daughter of Amsterdam.” Volume One offers a glimpse of medieval Netherlands’ history, prefacing Dutch influence on, and conflict with, England extending into the New World. The adventures and accomplishments of Hudson area explorers, including Giovanni da Verrazano and Henry Hudson, the West India Company and its charter of “Privileges and Exemptions” (1629), Peter Stuyvesant, and interaction with Algonquin, Iroquois and Mohawk tribes are among the many topics offered. Chapters include: The Mediaeval Netherlands, Dutch Influence upon England, Verrazano and Hudson, The West India Company, “Privileges and Exemptions,” King Log and King Stork, A Soldier’s Paternal Rule, Some Affairs of New Amsterdam, and, Dutch and English. Volume Two covers the peaceful transfer of New Netherland to English rule, 1680 New York, Penn's Holy Experiment, the downfall of the Stuarts, Knickerbocker Society, the Quaker Commonwealth and much more. Chapters include: The English Autocrats, New York in the Year 1680, Penn’s Holy Experiment, Downfall of the Stuarts, The Citadel of America, Knickerbocker Society, The Quaker Commonwealth, and, The Migrations of Sects. Appendices include: Some Leisler documents; and, Charter for the Province of Pennsylvania, 1681. Several maps and an index to names, places and subjects add to the value of this work.
(1899, 1999), 2015, 5½x8½, paper, indices, 2 vols., 694 pp.