New Book Explores the History of the Hudson Valley


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Jacobs_Worlds_9781438450971A new book with essays by prominent scholars takes a fresh look at the history of the Hudson Valley during the seventeenth century. Edited by Jaap Jacobs and L. H. Roper, The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley (SUNY Press, 2014) provides an in-depth introduction to the issues involved in the expansion of European interests to the Hudson River Valley, the cultural interaction that took place there, and the colonization of the region.

Written in accessible language by leading scholars, these essays incorporate the latest historical insights as they explore the new world in which American Indians and Europeans interacted, the settlement of the Dutch colony that ensued from the exploration of the Hudson River, and the development of imperial and other networks which came to incorporate the Hudson Valley.

This book is the result of a unique symposium held in 2009 by the Center for Regional Studies, Education, and Outreach at the State University of New York – New Paltz. Supported by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston), the event entitled “Henry Hudson, New Netherland, and Atlantic History” brought together thirteen scholars to interact with educators in workshops in addition to presenting papers on their areas of expertise.

Twelve participants contributed expanded essays to this volume, which is broken into four sections titled “European Worlds”, “American Worlds”, “The establishment of Colonial Worlds”, and “The Formation of Atlantic Networks.”  The 265-page book includes nine black and white photographs and ten maps; it is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Jaap Jacobs is Honorary Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and the author of many books, including The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth-Century America.

L. H. Roper is Professor of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His books include The English Empire in America, 1602–1658: Beyond Jamestown.

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