British explorer and navigator Henry Hudson, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to search for a northwest passage, explored the river that would be named for him. Ascending the river to present-day Albany, Hudson and his men encountered and traded with American Indians during the voyage.
Henry Hudson (unknown–1611) was the English explorer who “discovered” the river that would named for him. In 1609, Hudson was chosen by the Dutch East India Company to search for a passage to Asia. In September of that year, Hudson landed on the shores of what would become the Hudson River and claimed the lands along it for the Dutch. In addition to exploring the river, Hudson was the first European to land on the island that would become New York. He also explored the Hudson Strait and entered the Hudson Bay, both of which also bear his...
New Netherland was the region between the South River (now the Delaware) and the North River (now the Hudson) controlled and colonized by the Dutch. Sailing for the Dutch East India Company, Henry Hudson first explored the region in 1609 while searching for a passage to Asia. New Netherland, which included New Amsterdam (the present-day island of Manhattan), was lost to the English in the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1664.
Teaching with Russell Shorto’s book Island at the Center of the World
Students will examine primary documents and secondary sources to analyze the effects of the Dutch West India Company settlement in North America.
Students will be able to identify the role of geography, seventeenth-century Dutch law, and commercial interests of the DWIC in the development of New Amsterdam.
Students will analyze the encounters of the settlers of New Amsterdam with the indigenous...