The New Netherland Institute is now producing a new podcast hosted by best-selling author Russell Shorto. ‘New Netherland Praatjes’ (Dutch for ‘chat’) is a series of chats with historians, archaeologists, and other experts on New Netherland and the world of the 17th-century Dutch.
The latest episode features historian Susanah Romney, whose book New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America won the 2014 Annual Hendricks Award. Romney’s work challenges the assumption that state actors and trading companies were predominantly responsible for the perpetuation of New World colonies.
The companies and the governments generated the documents and are therefore easiest to know about, argued Romney in the interview, “but I don’t think they’re the most important element of making a colony work and creating transatlantic connections. To me, it seems more likely that all the small-scale connections that individuals were making across the ocean really added up to something that was a lot weightier than just what the companies were doing or just what the colony governments were doing.”
The first three episodes of ‘New Netherland Praatjes’ featured New Netherland Research Center Director Charles Gehring, archaeologist James Bradley, and artist Len Tantillo. Future episodes are expected to feature scholar Jeroen DeWulf and New Netherland Research Center Associate Director Janny Venema.
Also available on the New Netherland Institute’s website is the audio of the fifteen presentations at their latest conference, “The Dutch in American Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons.” The conference was jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS).