Jacob Steendam

(c. 1616—1672)

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(c.1616–c.1672), Dutch-born poet, came to New Netherland (c.1650) as a merchant and trader. To attract colonists to America, he published poems whose English translations bear the title Complaint of New Amsterdam in New Netherland (1659), a petition for aid from Holland; Praise of New Netherland (1661); and Spurring Verses (1662), prefixed to a pamphlet on a plan for colonization on the Delaware River. He seems to have returned to Holland (c.1662), and his later life was spent in the East Indies. His poems were reprinted in a biography (1861) by H.C. Murphy, who also published them in Anthology of New Netherland (1865).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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