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The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America
Fiske devotes this volume of his series on colonial American history first to New Amsterdam and the early history of New York and New Jersey, then to the settlement of Pennsylvania and of the territory that became Delaware. He then carries the history of these colonies down to the Revolutionary era.
The author begins with a discussion of the Netherlands prior to the period of North American colonization, including relations with England. He then relates the story of the period of discovery, followed by the settlements at Albany and Manhattan. He covers the Dutch penetration of the Delaware and the beginnings of the settlements in northern New Jersey, and the wars with England which led to the establishment of New York.
At this point Fiske switches his attention to the colonizing activities of William Penn and the Quaker migrations to Pennsylvania and to southern New Jersey. This is followed by an account of the activities of Governor Andros, and the Dominion of New England, which briefly brought several English colonies under his unified government.
Fiske closes with an account of the Middle Colonies in the first half of the eighteenth century, and then gives special attention to such immigrant groups as the Huguenots and the Scotch-Irish.
Summary by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
for Archive CD Books USA
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