Mass Murder on Manhattan Mass Murder on Manhattan    |   By Mark Meuwese
Settler colonialism is not a story of friendly relations throughout. The confrontation with an unfamiliar other creates wariness and suspicion and often leads to violent outbursts in which noncombatants become innocent victims. Manhattan in the seventeenth century was no exception, […]
July 20, 2022

New Amsterdam: What’s in A Name? New Amsterdam: What’s in A Name?    |   by Jaap Jacobs
The small colonial town that the Dutch founded in North America was called New Amsterdam. We now know it as New York City. The story of how the name evolved has many twists and turns and is, in fact, a […]
June 20, 2022

Mayken’s World Mayken’s World    |   By Nicole Maskiell
On December 28, 1662, a woman named Mayken van Angola pursued freedom in New Amsterdam. She did not stand alone. Two other women—Susanna and Lucretia—stood with her and together, they petitioned the colonial government for their freedom. It was granted […]
May 24, 2022

The “Patron Saint of New York” The “Patron Saint of New York”    |   by Jaap Jacobs
The bonds that connect the American and Dutch peoples have been commemorated in various ways and at various levels. Dutch-American Friendship Day is a well-established annual event at the governmental level. In New York City, the historical memory of Petrus […]
April 19, 2022