By Adriaen van der Donck
This version of an outline of recent Netherland offers the 1st whole and exact English-language translation of a necessary 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 legislation enforcement officer for the Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, situated alongside the higher Hudson River. His place enabled him to have interaction largely with Dutch colonists and the neighborhood Algonquians and Iroquoians. An astute observer, designated recorder, and available author, Van der Donck used to be preferably located to put in writing approximately his reports and the usual and cultural worlds round him.Van der Donck’s Beschryvinge van Nieuw-Nederlant was once first released in 1655 after which elevated in 1656. An erroneous and abbreviated English translation seemed in 1841 and was once reprinted in 1968. This new quantity gains a correct, polished translation via Diederik Willem Goedhuys and comprises the entire fabric from the unique 1655 and 1656 variations. the result's an vital first-hand account with enduring worth to historians, ethnohistorians, and anthropologists. (20090130)
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Some take this river to be only a sound or bay, because it is in some places quite broad and empties at both ends into the ocean, but passing over that subtlety we follow the common judgment and hold it to be a river. River or bay, as one pleases, it is one of the best, commodious, and commendable attributes a country could be desired to have. We shall brieﬂy indicate some of the reasons for this. The river is shaped by Long Island, which is about forty miles long and can be approached on this river most everywhere through the creeks and inlets into it in both winter and summer with no great hazard.
8 Most of these have been annexed by the English by various means, as was told in the Remonstrance of the commonalty of New Netherland, and hence we leave the matter there and let sleeping dogs lie, and proceed to a description of the principal rivers, streams, and waterways. The South River The right of the Dutch to the South River and how they acquired it has been adequately demonstrated in the Remonstrance of New Netherland and therefore need not be recounted at length here. 9 As to a description of the river, we confess to being unable to do justice to its worth and condition.
Pumpkins grow with little or no cultivating. They are so sweet and dry that for the purpose of preparing them water | The Country and vinegar are added before stewing them in the same way as apples. While here they are regarded as an insipid, poor, and despised food, over there they turn out so well that our people relish them. I have been told that when properly prepared, as apples are here, they are not inferior to apples or diﬀer only slightly, and when baked in an oven they are considered even better than apples.
A Description of New Netherland (The Iroquoians and Their World) by Adriaen van der Donck