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Children's LiteratureColonial New York was originally an enclave of settlers who crossed the Atlantic from the Netherlands to establish new lives in an unknown portion of the world. The early Dutch settlers carved out farms and towns in areas that had for generations been the ancestral territories of Native Americans. Over time the Dutch superseded the claims of native peoples to land, mineral rights, and the ability to call segments of New York their own. Then competing settlers and military forces from England uprooted the Dutch and transformed what had once been referred to as New Amsterdam into New York. Eventually, the Anglo-Saxon settlers established a colony that was to become one of the most prosperous of the crown's thirteen fiefdoms in the New World. By 1776 residents of New York were sharply divided over the cause of rebellion. Many New Yorkers held true to King George III while others supported the rebellion. It is this evolving story of early settlement leading to overt revolution that is presented by veteran historian Michael Burgan in this volume of the illustrated "Voices From Colonial America" series. As in many other books written by Michael Burgan, this particular title combines fluid writing, careful research, and an eye for telling an interesting story. Readers of this work will gain a greater and keener understanding of what life might have been like in the early days of New York. 2006, National Geographic, and Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck