New Netherland connections: Intimate networks and Atlantic ties in seventeenth-century America

Susanah Shaw Romney

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    Abstract

    Romney locates the foundations of the early modern Dutch empire in interpersonal transactions among women and men. As West India Company ships began sailing westward in the early seventeenth century, soldiers, sailors, and settlers drew on kin and social relationships to function within an Atlantic economy and the nascent colony of New Netherland. In the greater Hudson Valley, Dutch newcomers, Native American residents, and enslaved Africans wove a series of intimate networks that reached from the West India Company slave house on Manhattan, to the Haudenosaunee longhouses along the Mohawk River, to the inns and alleys of maritime Amsterdam. This work pioneers a new understanding of the development of early modern empire as arising out of personal ties.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
    Number of pages318
    ISBN (Electronic)9781469615585
    ISBN (Print)9781469614250
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)

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