On the fourth episode of A New York Minute In History, we detail Henry Hudson’s exploration of what would become the Empire State and how his journey up the aptly named Hudson River led to the Dutch settlement of New Netherland. Join us as we explore how the Dutch colony differed from its counterparts in New England and Virginia via relative tolerance, a multi-ethnic population and free trade.
Co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman also detail the impact of Peter Stuyvesant – arguably New Netherland’s most notable citizen – and that of Adriaen van der Donck, a figure largely forgotten by history. Finally, this episode explains how slavery existed in a society often celebrated for its revolutionary tolerance.
Thanks to historian and author Russell Shorto, Dr. Charles Gehring of the New Netherland Institute, Mark Schaming of the New York State Museum, historian Jennifer Tosch and Dolph Hogewoning, Netherlands Consulate General in New York, for all of their help with this episode.
Episode 4 is available to listen or download HERE.