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Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643); designing a new world.


Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643); designing a new world.

Venema, Janny.

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352 pages




This beautifully produced scholarly work (published on coated stock with numerous full-page color plates and smaller b&w illustrations) explores the life and times of van Rensselaer (1586-1643). He was a principal in the Dutch West India trading company and instrumental in the founding of New Netherland--the colony that later became New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut. Venema (New Netherland Project at New York State Education Department) suggests that this work is neither a biography nor a complete history, but rather an investigation into the context of Rensselaer's culturae and family. The aim is to shed light on the man himself as well as the origins of his ideas and the reasons he held to them so tenaciously. The book is distributed by SUNY Press.

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Date:Jun 1, 2011
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