By Adriaen van der Donck
This version of an outline of latest Netherland offers the 1st entire and actual English-language translation of a vital first-hand account of the lives and international of Dutch colonists and northeastern local groups within the 17th century. Adriaen van der Donck, a graduate of Leiden college within the 1640s, grew to become the legislations enforcement officer for the Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, positioned alongside the higher Hudson River. His place enabled him to have interaction generally with Dutch colonists and the neighborhood Algonquians and Iroquoians. An astute observer, certain recorder, and available author, Van der Donck used to be preferably positioned to jot down approximately his stories and the traditional and cultural worlds round him.Van der Donck’s Beschryvinge van Nieuw-Nederlant used to be first released in 1655 after which multiplied in 1656. An erroneous and abbreviated English translation seemed in 1841 and was once reprinted in 1968. This new quantity good points a correct, polished translation by means of Diederik Willem Goedhuys and contains all of the fabric from the unique 1655 and 1656 variants. the result's an imperative first-hand account with enduring price to historians, ethnohistorians, and anthropologists. (20090130)
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I have also been told as the truth that barley has often yielded eleven bushels Amsterdam measure per haycock, though that is not usual. Therefore all expert and interested persons judge that New Netherland is as fertile and ﬁt for growing all kinds of grain as any part of the world thus far known to or possessed by Netherlanders. Among the ﬁeld crops tobacco is also to be included, since it is also grown on farmland and is also good for breaking in and preparing the soil in the same way and at least as well as corn is.
Hickory occurs all over New Netherland in such abundance and quantity that there will be no shortage of it for a hundred years to come, even if the population were to grow appreciably. There is also enough oak and ash to supplement the hickory wood. Apart from that, the soil favors the growth of big trees in just a few years, as I can frankly state and conclude from a particular event I experienced in that country. ” 22 I | The Country asked him earnestly if that was truly so, and he assured me it was, as several other Indians present also testiﬁed.
But as this river and the adjacent country have been widely invaded and are still held by the English nation, to the great detriment of the honorable West India Company and at a loss of thousands every year, it would only distress us to review this matter, which was very fully treated in the Remonstrance of New Netherland. We say no more of it, therefore, and proceed to the East River. Of the East River The East River is so named because it extends mostly to the east of the city of New Amsterdam.
A Description of New Netherland (The Iroquoians and Their World) by Adriaen van der Donck