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“New York Before New York: The Dutch Impact” talk at the New-York Historical Society

Deborah Hamer (l), Nicole Maskiell (r)

Robert Odawi Porter (l), Russell Shorto (r)

Wed, Mar 20 - Wed, Mar 20  2024

New-York Historical Society - New York Consulate Region

On March 20, 2024, the New-York Historical Society will organize the talk "New York Before New York: The Dutch Impact." Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET.

Featuring: Deborah Hamer, Nicole Maskiell, Robert Odawi Porter (Seneca Nation), and Russell Shorto (moderator). This event is part of the Denise and Bernard Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series.

New York’s roots go back exactly 400 years, to the founding of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. The Dutch brought pluralism and free trade, but they also displaced well established Indigenous societies and introduced slavery. If New Amsterdam was a city of unparalleled opportunity, it was also one of violence and inequality. An esteemed panel explores the dichotomy and how it shaped—and continues to shape—New York four centuries later.

About the speakers

Deborah Hamer is the director of the New Netherland Institute. Nicole Maskiell is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on overlapping networks of slavery in the Dutch and British Atlantic worlds. Robert Odawi Porter (Seneca Nation), a trustee of the New-York Historical Society, is a former President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Russell Shorto (moderator) is the director of the New Amsterdam Project at the New-York Historical Society. He is the author of seven books, including the national bestseller The Island at the Center of the World.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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