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, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, for all of their help with this episode.
Music used in Episode 4 of A New York Minute In History includes “When The Boys Come Home” composed by Oley Speaks.
A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media.
Support for this podcast comes from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, which helps people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques. Since 2006, the Foundation has expanded from one to six different signage grant programs, and funded over 800 signs across New York State and beyond … all the way to Alaska! With all these options, there’s never been a better time to apply.
The Foundation’s programs in the Empire State include commemorating national women’s suffrage, historic canals, sites on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State’s history, and folklore and legends. Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities. To apply for signage at no cost to you, or to learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs, visit WGPfoundation.org.
The project is also sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.