“Dutch New York”–an extra credit opportunity

Anyone hoping to earn some extra credit? Watch the PBS documentary, “Dutch New York,” and write a 300-word response on the blog. The extra credit will count as a 100% on a quiz added to your quiz grade.

You must post your reading response by the end of September; posts dated anytime after September 30th will not count.

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8 Responses to “Dutch New York”–an extra credit opportunity

  1. belindale says:

    After watching the PBS documentary of the “Dutch New York”, I feel like I have a better understanding of the history of New York and Manhattan. I enjoyed the video because it was very understandable and gave a lot of details. Barry Lewis made it easy to comprehend with showing us the comparisons of the past and present day streets of Manhattan.

    There were a lot of interesting facts that caught my attention like how Manhattan was once called Mannahatta which mountain lions used to live and how Fort Orange which was once a trading post is now a highway in Albany. Also, Wall Street today was a street with a Wall to keep the English from Connecticut and Pearl street got it’s name from being close to a harbor where there was many oysters to be found. Last interesting fact was, since fur was such an important trading item to the Netherlands for fashion, I was surprised that there are still beavers around today!

    The Dutch to me were actually very civilized people because unlike the other European countries the Dutch explorers was actually a company and when they founded a land the wealth was distributed amongst the middle class, instead of the wealth and land going straight to the king. This made it fair for the people to each have equal living. Peter Minuet brought Manhattan from the Indians for $24, this was different because while the other Europeans fought and conquered land, the Dutch didn’t need to shed blood for the land. The Dutch’s government was simple, they had a council, directors and officers. The directors had a hard time getting approvals from their mother country because of the time difference. It took about 8 months to get a reply to either pass a law or not. After the Dutch formed their government and made a great city, it was sadly taken over by the English but renamed “New York”. This was a start of our homeland.

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  3. Crystal says:

    This documentary about “Dutch New York” was very interesting. This historian Barry Lewis actually explained from beginning to end very clear. I learned a lot about New York and other places that were discovered. Henry Hudson an English man that was working for the dutch was very adventurous. He explored the east coast of North America in a little ship.In the beginning of the documentary they were describing what Hudson probably seen New York as, alot of trees and water. I was sitting down thinking to myself like i wonder how it really looked back then, and that would of been fun and interesting for me to experience. The results of all of explorations had a good outcome because that is how the Hudson River was discovered and named after him up to this day. Henry Hudson was very serious about his explorations as he sailed to different places he took note and measurements of anything he had seen.Even when other people had conflicts, Henry Hudson went to the New World and his ideas of how things should be settled the disputes and the dutch became more prosperous. The dutch people were very ambitious and productive because they really changed up a lot of thing economically. Henry Hudson really helped them bring their society up to a level of success and this was called the dutch golden age. I also learned that alot of places we hear of or visit today were not the same back in those times. Manhattan as we know today was called Mannahatta in the 1600s. Also wall street today was just a wall back in those times. Trading fur was also a big thing back in those times for a good profit.All these discoveries and changes of these different places are very interesting which makes history so exciting to learn about.

  4. morshida12590 says:

    This video was about how present day Manhattan came to be and its history from the beginning. Barry Lewis made the video very interesting and informative by adding so many interesting details and comparing the Manhattan we have today to the Manhattan back in time. It was mentioned in the video that the Dutch tolerated you by leaving you alone, and by not persecuting people because they had a different opinion. The Dutch created the first modern society in European history they carried these values with them to Central America, A new idea of how a society should work…
    An English explorer named Henry Hudson was the first to sense the great potential that the harbor would unleash. Hudson explored the region around modern New York City while looking for a western route to Asia under the sponsorships of the Dutch East India Company. He explored the river which eventually was named after him. I also learned that the name Manhattan developed from the word Manna-hata, (its an Indian word) meaning “island of many hills”. I also found it interesting that Wall Street was named that, because there was once a wall there. The Dutch had bought the island from the Native Americans for less than 600$. (This to me was shocking because it was very cheap, considering how big and great the land is and also every valuable). The Indians thought that the arrangement was temporary. New York was founded to make money. New York in the end came to be remembered as the first man made environment on earth, it grew as an economic center. A permanent European presence in New Netherland began in 1624 with the founding of a Dutch fur trading settlement on Governors Island. There were many things being traded from across the ocean …like fur, molasses and slaves and so many other valuable things. I also learned that in 1664, the British conquered New Netherland and renamed it “New York” after the English Duke of York and Albany, the future King James II. As history played out New York became the first stop for millions seeking a new and better life in the United States. Population grew and trade continued and the city buzzed with life.

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  6. kirani12 says:

    After watching the video I actually understood how Manhattan and New York was found. If you look at New York now it is completely different than to the time when Hudson found it. At that time it was watery and had tress everywhere.
    Barry Lewis really explained good of how Manhattan was found and what the Dutch did to get it from the Indians. According to the video, it seems like the Dutch were really nice people compare to other European countries with the Indians. How Lewis explained that the Dutch wanted to make a fort that would defend them from the European countries, especially from Spain, since they were enemies. To set the colonial up, the Dutch wanted to purchase Manhattan from the Indians. If it was for other European countries they would have conquered it or would have killed Indians to get it by forcefully. That’s not how Dutch were. Instead they want to purchase it and they did buy it for 60 gill dons. Indians didn’t know the system of purchasing land but to them this was more like a treaty between the two nations. The most important point in this was that New York became a business deal not a bloody conquest. That was the difference between the Dutch and the European countries.
    The video really explained a lot. It was very well organized and interesting. It was very clear and helpful to understand how it all began. Henry Hudson who wanted to go to Asia but landed in America, he is the one who found a river which was named after his name call the Hudson River. According to the video, it seem like he was a smart person because he used to measure everything that he had went through. I guess he did this just to have all the information about of how long he went.

  7. michaele25 says:

    When most people think of the early settlers to the “New World” that is now known as the United States, they instantly think of the three European colonizing superpowers; England, Spain, and France. What surprised me was that another group that were large contributors to the early settlement were the Dutch. The Dutch, with Henry Hudson at the helm, were one of the first to populate New York, or as they called it New Amsterdam. I always knew that one of the main settlers to New York was the Dutch, but to hear their story was something completely different. The thing that truly impressed me was the way they sailed, a manner which was described in the documentary as “scientific.” I always assumed that settlers would have this “let’s just see what happens” attitude and just sail with little guidance, but they were actually meticulous and recorded data carefully. When they said Henry Hudson recorded his position every half hour, it really demonstrated just how serious and precise they were.

    The Dutch seemed to really appreciate the land that they found. They saw the potential in it and knew it had to be shared equally among all the settlers. They seemed to see that this could be a long lasting territory, as opposed to the early settlers who essentially drained it of its resources in the name of their respective kings. The Dutch really wanted to explore the land and didn’t take what they found for granted. It was their investment into the land that helped to make New York as powerful as it is today. They built up such things as the Hudson Bay Harbor and they explored the Hudson River. This allowed them to explore northward as well. The Dutch seemed to be a different kind of explorer, one that cared for their land and knew they found something amazing, the moment they did.

  8. asma47 says:

    Historian Barry Lewis made an extraordinary documentary. This documentary had so much history and details. Dutch of New York was the title of this documentary, and how the Dutch influenced the 1700 century. Henry Hudson was an explorer an Englishman working for the Dutch, on his third voyage he sailed to Virginia, Delaware and Albany. The Dutch Golden Age began when they got Independence from Spanish empire. Dutch began to prosper in many fields in science, philosophy, international law. Amsterdam became the Europe’s richest, tolerated, richest society. Dutch that migrated to New York carried the same values.
    Governors Island was the first place other explorers and investors came for new opportunities, and it was a small land they could defend compare to ‘Manhatta’ Indian name for Manhattan. An explorer Adrian Block came from Amstradam and went back with the map which showed the name “New Netherlands” which changed the history of America and Europe. The first 30 families that moved to New Netherland were from Sweden, Norway, Germany and Africa. It was interesting to know it was diverse from the beginning.
    It was really interesting to know Manhattan was purchased from Indians for 60 gilldons. This sounded really nice because Dutch were people with tolerance and most educated at that time. In the documentary it says Indians did not know the concept of purchase, for them it was more of peace treaty or lease. After that it made a comparison with British, if they had a chance they would have enslaved or killed Indians instead of purchasing. I wonder if Indians did not agree to their terms, how history would have been different.
    I was really surprised to know that Wall Street was built to keep out England from Connecticut and not from the native Indians. I think the documentary fairly showed the native Indians were being treated.
    I was really surprised to know that Wall Street was built to keep out England from Connecticut and not from the native Indians. It was really fascinating when Barry Lewis was walking around Wall Street, Pearl Street after showing the whole documentary. I couldn’t help to wonder how history changes and shapes the lives of families or a country or the world as a whole.

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