By Adriaen van der Donck
This variation of an outline of recent Netherland offers the 1st entire and exact English-language translation of a vital first-hand account of the lives and international of Dutch colonists and northeastern local groups within the 17th century. Adriaen van der Donck, a graduate of Leiden collage within the 1640s, grew to become the legislations enforcement officer for the Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, positioned alongside the higher Hudson River. His place enabled him to engage broadly with Dutch colonists and the neighborhood Algonquians and Iroquoians. An astute observer, special recorder, and obtainable author, Van der Donck was once preferably positioned to put in writing approximately his stories and the common and cultural worlds round him.Van der Donck’s Beschryvinge van Nieuw-Nederlant was once first released in 1655 after which accelerated in 1656. An faulty and abbreviated English translation seemed in 1841 and was once reprinted in 1968. This new quantity gains a correct, polished translation via Diederik Willem Goedhuys and comprises the entire fabric from the unique 1655 and 1656 variants. the result's an critical first-hand account with enduring price to historians, ethnohistorians, and anthropologists. (20090130)
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The good Lord has blessed these endeavors and made them bear fruit, so I am informed. Vineyards are now set to increase from year to year, for everyone takes it up and the one learns from the other. Seeing that the population of New Netherland is growing strongly now, an abundance of wine may be expected in a few short years. Of Vegetables Generally The vegetables in New Netherland are many and varied, some known of old among the Indians, others brought over from other parts, though mostly from the Netherlands.
The wood is fully Of Wood and Vegetation | as good and durable, if properly worked, as that of the Rhine or the Weser regions; thus I was informed by several experts and local woodsmen who had viewed samples of both. Hickory grows quite as tall but not as heavy, and it may well be believed that it could in time be put to various uses, being very straight, tough, smooth, and hard. Now we do little more with it than make cogs and shafts for mills, also threshing ﬂails and harrows for tillage, because it is so tough.
In that case the cornstalks are pulled up and burned, the [corn] hills raked apart, the wheat sown and lightly harrowed under, and a good wheat crop will result. 47 He can be believed, being a man of great learning, and he could have put the matter even more strongly. 48 To many people this is a strong claim and they can hardly credit it, yet it is true. Those who have lived over there can vouch for it, and more. From the beginning until the eleventh crop that land had not been plowed more than twelve times, that is, twice at ﬁrst, and from then on the stubble was plowed under and the land seeded eleven times in all.
A Description of New Netherland (The Iroquoians and Their World) by Adriaen van der Donck