Mohawk Frontier: The Dutch Community of Schenectady, New York, 1661-1710

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A history of Dutch Schenectady.

This is the fascinating story of the Dutch community at Schenectady, a village that grew out of the wilderness along the northern frontier of New Netherland in the 1660s. Drawing upon a wealth of original documents, Thomas E. Burke Jr. renders an engaging portrait of a small but dynamic Dutch village in the twilight years of the New Netherland colony. Despite the proximity of the Mohawks, Schenectady s residents when they were not quarreling ...

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Overview

A history of Dutch Schenectady.

This is the fascinating story of the Dutch community at Schenectady, a village that grew out of the wilderness along the northern frontier of New Netherland in the 1660s. Drawing upon a wealth of original documents, Thomas E. Burke Jr. renders an engaging portrait of a small but dynamic Dutch village in the twilight years of the New Netherland colony. Despite the proximity of the Mohawks, Schenectady s residents when they were not quarreling amongst themselves made their living more from farming and raising livestock than trading. Due to a scarcity of labor, Schenectady became one of the most diverse and energized communities in the region, attracting servants and tenant farmers, and paving the way for slavery. Its northern frontier location, however, made it a vulnerable target during the many conflicts between the French and English that erupted in the late seventeenth century. Bringing Schenectady fully out of the historical shadow of its larger neighbor Albany, Burke reveals both the intricate depths of a small Dutch village and how many aspects of its story mirrored the broader histories of New Netherland and New York. This second edition of the classic history features a new introduction by William Starna, which updates key research and issues that have arisen since its initial publication.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801425417
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 252
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

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Thomas E. Burke Jr. works for the New York State Division of the Budget. He has taught courses on early American history and New York State history at the University at Albany-SUNY, the College of Saint Rose, and Russell Sage College.William Starna is the author or editor of many works, including an annotated edition of Adriaen van der Donck's A Description of New Netherland. He is the coeditor of the SUNY Press series, Experiencing New Netherland.

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Table of Contents

Maps and Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
1 The Founding of Schenectady 1
2 "The most beautiful land" 33
3 A "sad and deplorable massacre" 68
4 White, Black, and Red at Schenectady 109
5 A Divided Community 157
6 To "gain some little profit" 196
Bibliography 223
Index 239
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