The 2013 New Netherland Seminar entitled “The Dutch Revolt and New Netherland” will be held on October 5 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.
The seminar’s theme will be the 1568 revolt of the Low Countries against the Habsburg Empire, a brutal struggle fought for political and religious reasons that would last 80 years. During this tumultuous time there was a great displacement of people: some fleeing the ravages of war; others 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. Five speakers will relate the effects of the revolt on the Low Countries and the settlement of New Netherland. 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. See the brochure for the full schedule and additional details.
The cost of registration for the seminar is $100, $40 for students with ID. In addition to the seminar will be two companion events: dinner at Marchi’s Restaurant on Saturday at 7pm, and a walking tour of the Wall Street and World Trade Center area on Sunday at 10am. The dinner, a six-course Italian meal at a cost of $95, will include antipasto, entrées, dessert, coffee or tea, and red or white wine. The tour, hosted by guides from Federal Hall, will be accompanited by audio narration via ear phones by Russell Shorto, the author of Island at the Center of the World. Following the tour will be an optional brunch at Fraunces Tavern (a Dutch treat). The cost of the tour is $25 per person.
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