Dutch Colonies in America

Dutch Colonies in America

by Mary Englar, Englar
     
 

The Dutch colony of New Netherland was established in the early 1600s to develop the fur trade along North America’s Atlantic coast. New Netherland was composed of parts of what is now Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and was settled by a diverse group of immigrants from all across Europe. The settlers shared the region with

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The Dutch colony of New Netherland was established in the early 1600s to develop the fur trade along North America’s Atlantic coast. New Netherland was composed of parts of what is now Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and was settled by a diverse group of immigrants from all across Europe. The settlers shared the region with several Native American tribes, with whom they traded and sometimes fought. New Amsterdam, located on Manhattan Island, was the largest settlement in the colony. When it fell to the English in 1664, New Netherland became the English colony of New York.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Chris Newsham
Full of photographs of primary documents and paintings from the time period, this book has just the right balance of text and pictures to hold the interest of its middle school audience. Part of the "We the People" history series, it contains a detailed account of the creation of Dutch colonies from the explorations of Henry Hudson to the eventual surrender of New Netherlands to the English. An index, a table of contents and glossary, along with pages of important dates in a time line and a quick list of important people, make the information in the book readily accessible and easily used for research. A section named "Did You Know" contains additional facts that did not find a place in the main text but are of high interest. To find out more, we are directed to other books, museums, and a website that was created by the publisher and is accessed through FactHound. When you first go to the website it looks elementary, but when you type in the book ID and get to the information specific for this book, it is on the same reading level. The website has some introductory information and a virtual tour of New Netherlands and New Amsterdam. There are many maps from the time period that can be enlarged and would be well used by a teacher projecting the images from their computer. Some of the links I tried were no longer good, but most of the information is available and interesting. This book is well written and will be useful for the middle school teacher who is teaching about colonization in America. Reviewer: Chris Newsham

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756538378
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
We the People: Exploration and Colonization Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,180,570
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Englar is a freelance writer and a teacher of English and creative writing. She has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Minnesota State University, and has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children. She continues to read and write about the many different cultures of our world in Minnesota.

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