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A description of New Netherland

Author: Adriaen van der Donck; Charles T Gehring; William A Starna; D W Goedhuys
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2008.
Series: Iroquoians and their world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An account of the lives and world of Dutch colonists and northeastern Native communities in the seventeenth century.

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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adriaen van der Donck; Charles T Gehring; William A Starna; D W Goedhuys
ISBN: 9780803210882 0803210884 9780803232839 0803232837
OCLC Number: 219568439
Language Note: Translated from the Dutch.
Notes: Translated from the Dutch.
"This ed. ... provides the first complete and accurate English-language translation of an essential first-hand account of the lives and world of Dutch colonists and northeastern Native communities in the seventeenth century. Adriaen van Der Donck, a graduate of Leiden University in the 1640s, became the law enforcement officer for the Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, located along the upper Hudson River. His position enabled him to interact extensively with Dutch colonists and the local Algonquians and Iroquoians. An astute observer, detailed recorder, and accessible writer, Van der Donck was ideally situated to write about his experiences and the natural and cultural worlds around him. ... [It] was first published in 1655 and then expanded in 1656. An inaccurate and abbreviated English translation appeared in 1841 and was reprinted in 1968. This new volume features an accurate, polished translation by Diederik Willem Goedhuys and includes all the material from the original 1655 and 1656 editions."--Back cover.
Description: xxii, 176 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword [by] Russell Shorto --
Preface --
Publication history of Adriaen van der Donck's 'A Description of New Netherland' --
Map of New Netherland --
The country --
Of the manners and extraordinary qualities of the original natives of New Netherland --
Of the nature, amazing ways, and properties of the beavers --
A conversation between a Dutch patriot and a New Netherlander concerning the condition of New Netherland --
Appendix: A list and suggested identification of the latinized plant names recorded by Adriaen van der Donck.
Series Title: Iroquoians and their world.
Other Titles: Beschryvinge van Nieuvv-Nederlant.
Responsibility: Adriaen van der Donck ; edited by Charles T. Gehring and William A. Starna ; translated by Diederik Willem Goedhuys ; foreword by Russell Shorto.
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"The sources on this geographical area in the Dutch period are sparse, so that the addition of this superb translation of van der Donck is of high importance to scholars."--Barbara Alice Mann, Read more...

 
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by MTBradley (WorldCat user published 2010-10-13) Excellent Permalink

The volume includes an informative forward and preface. I find van der Donck reminiscent of James Adair (in his The history of the American Indians; see OCLC #470066445 at http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/470066445) in that he presents welcome detail on topics often neglected by past and present...
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