Exploring A Dutch Colony Under English Rule


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Dr. David William Voorhees will give a presentation on how the Jacob Leisler Papers Project at New York University is transforming our understanding of the transition from Dutch New Netherland to English New York in the period from 1660 to 1700.

Jacob Leisler (1640-1691) was intimately bound to the economic, social, and political development of New Netherland and New York from his arrival in New Amsterdam in July 1660 in the employ of the Dutch West India Company until his beheading in New York City by the English governor in May 1691.

One of New York’s richest seventeenth-century merchants and the founder of the Huguenot refugee town of New Rochelle, Leisler catapulted to fame when in May 1689 he led a rebellion against King James II’s government in New York on behalf of the Prince of Orange, William III. The following December he assumed the role of New York governor and implemented a populist government that called for free elections and organized the first inter-colonial congress and military action independent of English authority.

The Jacob Leisler Papers Project at New York University contains over 4,000 document photocopies and manuscripts in several languages, as well as genealogical materials, microfilm, rare books, and visual materials relating to Jacob Leisler and his immediate family from 1550 to 1800. Dr. Voorhees with project assistant Stephanie Krom will present an overview of the collection, its importance as a repository of seventeenth-century New York and Atlantic World materials, and the considerable insight it provides into the world and inhabitants of the former Dutch colony of New Netherland in the post-Conquest period.

Dr. David William Voorhees received a Ph.D. from New York University in 1988 and is managing editor of The Holland Society’s journal, de Halve Maen. His published works include two volumes of translations of the Flatbush, Long Island, Reformed Dutch church records.

The lecturewill take place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm at The Holland Society of New York, 20 West 44th Street, Suite 509, in New York City. A wine and cheese reception will follow. R.S.V.P. E-mail: info@hollandsociety.org / Telephone: 212-758-1675
This lecture is presented by The Holland Society of New York Library as part of the 5 Dutch Days celebration. http://www.hollandsociety.org/ http://5dutchdaysnyc.org/

Photo: The statue of Jacob Leisler on North Avenue in New Rochelle, New York. (Courtesy Anthony22 at en.wikipedia).

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