Henry Hudson, New Netherland, and Atlantic History

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Dr. L.H. Roper, Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz and a scholar of international reputation in the field of Atlantic History has announced a symposium, ‘Henry Hudson, New Netherland, and Atlantic History‘, at SUNY New Paltz the weekend of 25-26 September, 2009. This host two-day international symposium on “The Worlds of Henry Hudson” is expected to be the premier intellectual event held in conjunction with the celebration of the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River. Leading historians from the Netherlands, France, and Germany, as well as the United States will present papers on a series of topics related to Hudson and his times.

The program will include panel discussions, teaching workshops, and two luncheon addresses over two days to be held on the campus of SUNY New Paltz., as set forth below. At each session, two-to-three presenters will give talks on topics closely related to the character of the European exploration and colonization of the Hudson Valley, which arose from Hudson’s voyage, and the historical significance of the issues generated by these phenomena.

The emergence of the transatlantic perspective during the last two decades is a major development in the study of the history of Europe, Africa and the Americas during the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The scholars invited to this conference are among the major figures in advancing this perspective. The conference program is designed to provide an opportunity for the further integration of their work, and its advancement through publication of the papers it generates and by providing a means for secondary and elementary school teachers to incorporate this scholarship into their own classrooms.

A second goal, equally important, is to further the integration of the African, American Indian, and European contexts (“the transatlantic perspective” or “Atlantic history”) into teaching and learning about exploration and “colonial America” in our schools. The conference structure provides for interaction in each session among leading scholars of early modern Africa and Europe and of American Indian societies and current and future elementary and secondary school teachers.

The cost of registering for this conference will be $20/day and $15 per luncheon session. Teachers who wish to attend, with the exception of those in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange Counties, should register through the Center for Regional Research, Education, and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz. The costs for attending the symposium will be payable directly to CRREO.

Teachers in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange Counties who wish to attend one or both days should register via MyLearningPlan. Teachers in other counties should register through the Center for Regional Research, Education, and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz. Professional development hours are available for approval. The first fifty teachers who sign up and who have been participants in the Ulster BOCES Teaching American History Summer Institute for at least one week will have their registration fee paid by the TAH grant. Ulster BOCES will notify those registrants that their fee has been paid.

For further information, please contact Lou Roper of the Department of History at roperl@newpaltz.edu.

5 thoughts on “Henry Hudson, New Netherland, and Atlantic History

  1. Anonymous

    The choice of speakers here is very odd. Henry Hudson was an Englishman and made most of his exploratory voyages on behalf of English companies. And yet this conference does not appear to have a single English contributor.

  2. John Warren

    Here is part one of a list of speakers with the bios:

    Leslie Choquette is professor of history and director of the French Institute at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts where she teaches European and North American history. Her book Frenchmen into Peasants: Modernity and Tradition in the Peopling of French Canada (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997) received the Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize for the best book in French colonial history and was named one of the nine best American-written books on Canada by the International Journal of Canadian Studies in 2005.

    Firth Haring Fabend is the author of the prize-winning works A Dutch Family in the Middle Colonies, 1660-1800, and Zion on the Hudson: Dutch New York and New Jersey in the Age of Revivals, both published by Rutgers University Press, and many scholarly articles. Land So Fair, a historical novel set in the Hudson Valley, with flashbacks to New Netherland, is her sixth novel. She is a Fellow of The Holland Society of New York, The New Netherland Institute in Albany, and the New York Academy of History.

    Willem Frijhoff chairs the research program “Cultural Heritage and Cultural Dynamics” of the Dutch National Research Organization (NWO) and is a fellow of the New Netherland Institute. He has published many learned articles on different themes of cultural and religious history and history of education in Western Europe and colonial North America (New Netherland), including Embodied belief: Ten essays on religious culture in Dutch history (Hilversum: Verloren, 2002), a synthesis on Dutch culture in the Golden Age (with Marijke Spies, 1999), translated as 1650: Hard-Won Unity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and a substantial biographical study of New Netherland’s second minister Fulfilling God’s Mission. The Two Worlds of Dominie Everardus Bogardus 1607-1647 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007), which received the Hendricks Manuscript Award 2008 of the New Netherland Institute. His present research is on the transmission of religious experience and models of holiness in early modern Europe and colonial America, on religious survival strategies and models of coexistence, and on the so-called lieux de mémoire of the Low Countries and Europe.

  3. John Warren

    Part two:

    Joyce D. Goodfriend is Professor of History at the University of Denver. She is the editor (with Benjamin Schmidt and Annette Stott) of Going Dutch: The Dutch Presence in America, 1609-2009 (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Press, 2008) and Revisiting New Netherland: New Perspectives on Early Dutch America (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005) and the author of Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992, 1994) and many articles and essays on New Netherland and colonial New York. Her scholarship has garnered numerous awards, including the Hendricks Manuscript Prize and a commendation from the New Netherland Institute.

    Lauric Henneton teaches British and Atlantic history at the University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France). He is the editor of the first French translation of William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation (Geneva, 2004), and co-edited two volumes of essays: Naissance de l’Amérique du Nord: Les Actes fondateurs, 1607-1776 (Paris, 2008) and Du bon usage des commémorations: histoire, mémoire et identités, XVIe-XXIe siècles (forthcoming). His Ph.D. dissertation has been published under the title Liberté, inégalité, autorité: Politique, société et construction identitaire du Massachusetts au XVIIe siècle (Paris, 2009). His published articles and book chapters deal with colonial New England and the geopolitics of the early modern Atlantic world as well as the uses of historical memory. He is currently working on a religious history of the U.S. (in French) and co-editing a volume of essays on the role of fear in the construction of the Atlantic world.

    Jaap Jacobs specializes in the history of the Dutch in the Americas in the early modern period. He has taught at Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Ohio University. He has published widely on New Netherland and New Amsterdam, including New Netherland: A Dutch Colony in Seventeenth Century America (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005 and forthcoming in paper from Cornell University Press). He serves as co-general editor (with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke and L.H. Roper) of The Journal of Early American History and the book series, ‘The American Colonies, 1500-1830’, both published by Brill Academic Publishers. He is currently working on a biography of Petrus Stuyvesant.

    Dennis J. Maika is a professional historian and scholar and has written numerous articles on New Netherland. He teaches social studies at Fox Lane High School (Bedford, N.Y.) in Westchester County and is a member of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University.

    Paul Otto is Professor of History and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at George Fox University. He earned a Ph.D. at Indiana University where he specialized in early America and Native American history. His research has focused upon European-Native American relations in early America. His first book, The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley (Berghahn, 2006) explores Dutch-Indian interactions and won the annual Hendricks Award for the best book in colonial Dutch studies. He is a fellow of the New Netherland Institute and the Holland Society of New York and is currently researching the evolution of wampum in the colonial northeast in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library (San Marino, California) and an Earhart Research Grant.

  4. John Warren

    Part three:

    Jon Parmenter is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University, where he teaches Early and Native American History. Since earning his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1999, he has published more than a dozen scholarly essays, which have appeared in The William and Mary Quarterly and other leading venues. He has been awarded research grants by several funding agencies, including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His first book, The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701, will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2009.

    L.H. Roper is Professor of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of The English Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009) and Conceiving Carolina: Proprietors, Planters, and Plots, 1662-1729 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) as well as the co-editor (with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke) of Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750 (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Press, 2007). He also serves (with Jaap Jacobs and Bertrand Van Ruymbeke) as co-general editor of The Journal of Early American History and the book series, “The American Colonies, 1500-1830”, both published by Brill.

    Claudia Schnurmann of the Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg, holds the only chair in Germany which combines North American and Atlantic history in its denomination. She received the 2001 Foreign-language book award of the OHA for the best non-English publication on American History worldwide for her second
    thesis “Atlantische Welten. Englaender und Niederlaender in der amerikanisch-
    atlantischen Welt” (Cologne 1998) and has been the recipient of many research fellowships. In addition to her prize-winning book, she is the author of Europa trifft Amerika: Atlantische Wirtschaft in der Frühen Neuzeit, 1492-1783 (Fischer Europäische Geschichte, hrsg. von Wolfgang Benz, Vol. 60127, Frankfurt/Main 1998), 264 S., and

    Vom Inselreich zur Weltmacht: Die Entwicklung des englischen Weltreichs vom Mittelalter bis ins 20. Jahrhundert (Stuttgart 2001), 264 S., and numerous scholarly articles and essays. She is the main editor of the series “Atlantic Cultural Studies”, published by LiTVerlag, Hamburg-Berlin, 5 vols. with four more volumes forthcoming in 2009. She has also organized numerous conferences and workshops related to the topic of Atlantic History.

    Kees Zandvliet was employed by the National Archives in The Hague from 1975 until 1996, from 1984 onwards as Head of the Department of Maps and Drawings. Since 1996 he has been a curator at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and headed the Department of History at this museum from 2001 until 2008. Presently he is the Head of Exhibitions, Research and Education at the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Through his work, his publications and his participation in numerous exhibitions he has explored the related fields of cartography, Dutch history and art. He is the author most recently of De 250 rijksten van de Gouden Eeuw (The 250 wealthiest people of the Dutch Golden Age) (2006), (together with Bert Natter), De historische sensatie. Het Rijksmuseum (2005), (editor) The Dutch Encounter with Asia, 1600-1950. (Amsterdam/Zwolle, 2002), which accompanied an exhibition with the same title, (editor), Maurits, Prins van Oranje (Amsterdam/Zwolle, 2000), which accompanied an exhibition with the same title, The Construction of a Colony. Dutch Cartography in relation to Formosa. (Taipei, 1998), and Mapping for money. Maps, plans and topographic paintings and their role in Dutch overseas expansion during the 16th and 17th centuries (Amsterdam, 1998).

  5. Albany

    I am from the Capital District and Henry Hudson is a big part of our history. I would suggest that if anyone plans on visiting the area, they have a look at 518fever.com, there is a good amount of tourist information and Henry Hudson is deeply entrenched in our local history.


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