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Possessing Albany, 1630-1710 : the Dutch and English experiences /
Donna Merwick.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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xii, 312 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521373867
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
isbn
0521373867
catalogue key
1299104
 
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-11:
Merrick has the proper credentials to approach this study of the Dutch role in North America. Her assessment is both smaller and larger than a general history of New Netherlands. Merrick's primary concern is to present the story of the Dutch--especially those in the area of Albany--from their own perspective rather than from an Anglo-American view. That is, the view is from a Dutch cultural-political understanding instead of the English geopolitical interpretation. Stylistically, the work leaves much to be desired. Its major fault lies in internal organization, e.g., readers are told the impacts of events before being informed of the events themselves. At times it seems as if the author is so full of information that she crowds it onto the page, suitably or not. Illustrations are good, but an additional modern, readable map is needed. No bibliography, but heavy documentation somewhat fulfills the need. Excellent index. Suitable for graduate libraries and scholars in the field. -W. T. Eagan, University of Southern Colorado
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"...fascinating and highly original; it affords a fresh view of a timeworn subject by introducing anthropological thought into the apparatus of historiography." William N. Fenton, Ethnohistory
"Professor Merwick, of the University of Melbourne (Australia), has written a thought-provoking study of 17th and 18th century Albany." The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
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In Possessing Albany, 1630-1710, Donna Merwick reconstructs the manifold ways by which Dutch people of seventeenth century New York took hold of the New World. As Merwick reminds us, the Dutch understood themselves to be republican, urban, mobile, mercantile, and amphibious; in short, properly Dutch.
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In Possessing Albany, 1630-1710, Donna Merwick reconstructs the manifold ways by which Dutch people of seventeenth century New York took hold of the New World. As Merwick reminds us, the Dutch understood themselves to be republican, urban, mobile, mercantile, and amphibious; in short, properly Dutch. She shows how the Dutch possessed the land, traded over it, surrendered it to the English, and then lived out their lives balancing a 'gaze' that the conquerors had for land against their own.
Main Description
In Possessing Albany, 1630–1710, Donna Merwick reconstructs the manifold ways by which Dutch people of seventeenth century New York took hold of the New World. As Merwick reminds us, the Dutch understood themselves to be republican, urban, mobile, mercantile, and amphibious; in short, properly Dutch. She shows how the Dutch possessed the land, traded over it, surrendered it to the English, and then lived out their lives balancing a ‘gaze’ that the conquerors had for land against their own. The Dutch preferred to ‘navigate the land’, and as a consequence they settled in the New World along trade routes: navigatable rivers. The English, in contrast, who came in 1664, were concerned with land mass, with ‘occupying the land’. The proprieties that lay behind all the practices involved in ‘navigating’ and ‘occupying’ the land were cosmological. That is, the smallest action taken on the land reconfirmed the deepest sense of what it meant to be ‘civilized’. The conquest of 1664, then, was far more traumatic for the Dutch inhabitants than we have allowed ourselves to imagine. Merwick’s study moves across the boundaries of disciplines. She tries to understand those archives as the Dutch, the insiders to the culture, would have done.
Main Description
In Possessing Albany, 1630-1710, Donna Merwick reconstructs the manifold ways by which Dutch people of seventeenth century New York took hold of the New World. As Merwick reminds us, the Dutch understood themselves to be republican, urban, mobile, mercantile, and amphibious; in short, properly Dutch. She shows how the Dutch possessed the land, traded over it, surrendered it to the English, and then lived out their lives balancing a 'gaze' that the conquerors had for land against their own. The Dutch preferred to 'navigate the land', and as a consequence they settled in the New World along trade routes: navigatable rivers. The English, in contrast, who came in 1664, were concerned with land mass, with 'occupying the land'. The proprieties that lay behind all the practices involved in 'navigating' and 'occupying' the land were cosmological. That is, the smallest action taken on the land reconfirmed the deepest sense of what it meant to be 'civilized'. The conquest of 1664, then, was far more traumatic for the Dutch inhabitants than we have allowed ourselves to imagine. Merwick's study moves across the boundaries of disciplines. She tries to understand those archives as the Dutch, the insiders to the culture, would have done.
Main Description
This book reconstructs the manifold ways by which Dutch people of seventeenth-century New York took hold of the New World. As the author reminds us, the Dutch understood themselves to be republican, urban, mobile, mercantile, and amphibious; in short, properly Dutch. She shows how the Dutch possessed the land, traded over it, surrendered it to the English, and then lived out their lives balancing a "gaze" that the conquerors had for land against their own.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Possessing the land, 1630-1652
Trading on the land, 1652-1664
Surrendering the land, 1664
Occupancy of land under English rule, 1674-1690
Contesting the land, 1689-1691
A military presence on the land, 1690-1710
Reflections on looking at the land
Index
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