“Kort Verhael van Nieuw Nederlants” 1662: banned Dutch history during the 2009 commemoration of the founding of New York in 1609
September 11, 2009 by Tjebbe van Tijen
"The Brief Account of New Netherland" published anonymously in 1662 in Amsterdam (later attributed To FranciscusVan Den Enden (1602 - 1674). It is a proposal to the city councillors of Amsterdam concerning the democratic constitution of a Dutch colony in New Netherlands, a publication "in behalf of the poor people (of the Netherlands) that wanted to emigrate overseas." (Wim Klever; Foglio Spinozi; 2001-11-7). The montage picture has four elements, from left to right: - a replica of the ship of Hudson 'Half Moon' on the Amstel river in Amsterdam in the year 1909; - the cover of the 1662 publication, with in the background a montage from the Manhattan project a split visualization of the ecology of Manhattan Island thousands of years ago and the actual urbanized situation; - another newer replica of the 17th century 'Half Moon' ship (build in 1989) on the Hudson River New York. Click picture for a full size view.
This post will display in due time my belated comments on the mechanical and meaningless commemorations of Dutch officialdom, with yet another example of an attitude I have baptized under the name: “de huichelhollander” (the inner alliteration is difficult to catch in English: deceiving-dutch, hypocrite-hollander, and a Curaçao friend suggested ‘lying-dutchman’). It is the 400 years party of an English captain on a Dutch sailing ship getting lost and landing on what is now New York in the year 1609…..