On November 3 (6:30 to 8:00 PM), The Netherland Club of New York will host a panel presentation about The Dutch and Native Americans in New Netherland. Daniel K. Richter of the University of Pennsylvania is the director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and will be the moderator during the evening. Richter will also present one of the three main subtopics: ‘The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Last Days of New Netherland’. Against the initial background of Dutch trade and diplomatic relations with the Iroquois Nations, Daniel Richter will discuss the economic, military, and diplomatic stresses that produced an increasingly fragile relationship during New Netherland’s final years.
Barnard College/Columbia University scholar, Andrew Lipman, will shed light on ‘Munsees, New Netherland, and the Saltwater Frontier’, casting the violent 1643‑1645 New Netherland‑Munsee conflict known as ‘Kieft’s War’ as a broad regional conflict among the Dutch, English, and a number of Indian tribes.
Cynthia van Zandt, of the University of New Hampshire, will talk about ‘Intersecting Networks: Native Americans, Dutch Officials, and English Regicides’, exploring the dramatic story of two regicides (of King Charles I of England) who escaped to the colonies, where they encountered Native Americans in New Netherland and New England.
After having heard all the presentations, the attendees can participate in a Q&A with the main speakers. This event is supported by the New Amsterdam History Center, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Netherland-America Foundation, the Netherland Club of New York, and the Collegiate Churches of New York.
About the speakers
Andrew Lipman is Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University. His book The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast won the 2016 Bancroft Prize in American History.
Cynthia Van Zandt is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. Her published writings include studies of Native Americans, Colonial North America, and the Early Modern Atlantic World.
Daniel K. Richter is Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, he is the author of many award-winning books on Native Americans.