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In 1652, Petrus Stuyvesant, director general of New Netherland, established a court at Fort Orange, on the west side of New York State's upper Hudson River. The area within three thousand feet of the fort became the village of Beverwijck. From the time of its establishment until 1664, when the English conquered New Netherland and changed the name of the settlement to Albany, Beverwijck underwent rapid development as newly wealthy traders, craftsmen, and other workers built houses, roads, bridges, and a school, as well as a number of inns. A well-organized system of poor relief also helped less wealthy settlers survive in the harsh colonial conditions. Venema's careful research shows that although Beverwijck resembled villages in the Dutch Republic in many ways, it quickly took on features of the new, "American" society that was already coming into being. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Her research is deep, her writing clear, and her findings valuable.
It's a very good example of total-history, very interesting to get a good view of life in that age, but not something you would pleasantly read.
I now have a better understanding of what it was like in the early years of New Netherlands and Albany.
Five stars because although Janny Venema is a scholar, not a storyteller, the wealth of information in this book makes up for its slightly dry narrative style, giving the most... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Toni Gould
This is the most comprehensive text available covering the early years of Albany. Includes a great deal of detail about the early residents and is essential for the family... Read morePublished 16 months ago by E.Dickenson
I now have a better understanding of what it was like in the early years of New Netherlands and Albany.Published 20 months ago by Carol Springsteen
This is an excellent book. Extremely well researched. It tells how the present city of Albany in Upstate NY, got started. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Thomas C. Clack