Dutch New York Histories

Thursday August 3, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Dutch rule in New Amsterdam and New Netherland (1609-1664) was short in comparison to other colonial empires, but it has had a lasting cultural impact seen in present-day street names, cities monuments and more.


A new book, Dutch New York Histories:Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage, authored and presented by Jennifer Tosch, Dienke Hondius, Nancy Jouwe, and Dineke Stam of the Mapping Slavery Project, explores the connections between African, Native American and Dutch heritage. This eye-opening guide also focuses on traces of the Dutch presence still visible in New York City and State from the early 17th century forward, including relevant locations where the histories of Native Americans and Africans converge in and around New York City.

An enthusiastic public filled the Langston Hughes auditorium to learn about this little-known history.

Watch video here



Sojourner Truth only spoke Dutch until the age of ten

Rhinebeck Cemetery – African Burial Ground and grave of Jack, native of Africa











For More:

Digital exhibition Black New Yorkers, “The Dutch Years”

The Sojourner Truth Project

Ira Berlin and Leslie Harris, eds., Slavery in New York

Jeroen Dewulf, The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo: The Forgotten History of America’s Dutch Owned Slaves

Nell Irvin Painter, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

Susannah Shaw Romney, New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth Century America