What were the consequences of the 1568 revolt which began in the Low Countries against the Habsburg Empire and lasted 80 years? People were displaced – some fleeing the ravages of war; others were fleeing religious persecution.
A disconnect from the Empire meant a disruption in normal commercial activity. Markets and waters once friendly turned hostile. Trading companies eventually replaced the former commercial routes and exploration for new routes and markets was undertaken. On October 5th in New York City five Dutch and Belgian speakers will give illustrated lectures about the effects of this revolt on the Low Countries and the settlement of North America.
A special feature will be a profile of Govert Loockermans of Turnhout whose correspondence as a private trader will appear in translation for the first time. Speakers will include:
Guido Marnef (University of Antwerp) – “People on the move: migration movements from the Southern to the Northern Netherlands in the time of the Dutch Revolt”;
Kees Zandvliet (Amsterdam Museum, University of Amsterdam) – “Flemish cartographers of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and the mapping of North-America”;
Maarten Prak (University of Utrecht) – “Antwerp = Amsterdam? Migration and trade between two commercial centers c. 1600”;
Wim Vanraes (independent translator/researcher/linguist) – “Govert Loockermans. A personal look at source material from a 17th century Flemish settler”; and
Davidt Baeckelandt (Independent Scholar, President, De Gazette van Detroit) – “The Flemish Contribution to European Settlement in America.”
The 36th New Netherland Seminar will be held Saturday, October 5, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West at 77th Street). The cost to register is $100. A reception will follow. To register online go to www.newnetherlandinstitute.org.
The seminar is hosted by The New Netherland Institute, and sponsored by the Consulate General of the
Netherlands in New York, Flanders House, and the New-York Historical Society.
Illustration: Battle of Haarlemmermeer, 1621, by Hendrick Cornelisz. Vroom.