New Stories from New Research on New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic

In recent years, the study of New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic has become attractive to a new generation of scholars. In an effort to introduce them and their new work to a wider audience, the New Netherland Institute would like to offer these “new stories” based on their new research. Most of this work has never before appeared in print. We hope you find them both interesting and informative.

"A Poisonous Threat: Slavery, Intimacy, and Social Order in Schenectady" by Virginie Adane

"Privateering, Captured Prizes, and the History of New Amsterdam" by Cátia Antunes

"Disreputable Seductress or Deceived Victim: Maria Besems and the New Histories of Women in New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic World" by Deborah Hamer

"The Slave Ship Gideon and the African Captives it transported to New Netherland" by Andrea Mosterman

"The Cost of Deprivation: Sailors in the Dutch Atlantic" by Wim Klooster 

"The Continuing Importance of the Dutch in Early America" by Jared Ross Hardesty 

“Maria Jansz: A Dutch Businesswomen on the Wrong Side of the Law” by Erin Kramer

"Philip’s Wet Nurse: Uncovering Race, Gender, and Community in a 1783 New Jersey Freedom Case" by Nicole Maskiell

“Tied to the Maypole with a libellous song over his head: Securing Justice for English Residents in New Netherland’s Courts,” by Suze Zijlstra

“'On black ice': Preparing for the English Invasion of New Netherland" by Timo McGregor 

“Ita’s Colony: Vlissingen Settlers on the Amazon in the Early Seventeenth Century” by Melissa Morris

About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. More


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