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Island at the Center of the World The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America

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ISBN-10: 1400078679

ISBN-13: 9781400078677

Edition: 2004

Authors: Russell Shorto

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When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated. Drawing on this remarkable archive, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative–a story of global sweep centered on a wilderness called Manhattan–that transforms our understanding of early America. The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its…    
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Russell Shorto is the author of "Gospel Truth: The New Image of Jesus Emerging from Science and History," He has written for "GQ," "The New Yorker," "The Miami Herald," "Travel & Leisure," and "The New York Times Magazine," He lives in Putnam Valley, New York, with his wife and their two daughters.