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“To Better People Their Land, and to Bring the Country to Produce More Abundantly”

THELMA WILLS FOOTE

in Black and White Manhattan

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165371
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871735 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165371.003.0002
“To Better People Their Land, and to Bring the Country to Produce More Abundantly”

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This chapter tracks the Dutch colonization project of Manhattan Island from 1624 to 1664 and shows that following the Dutch invasion, Manhattan Island became a dynamic zone of cross-cultural contact and polyvalent relations of power between WIC officials, natives, settlers, and slaves. It reveals that colonial New York City's pluralism — its demographic and sociocultural diversity — was a direct product of the project of colony building.

Keywords: territory; grade; conquest; colony building; Manhattan; Dutch

Chapter.  15370 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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