Dutch/American Experience


A recent email from New York showed that we, in Australia, are not the only ones being deprived of actual history. The common denominator is the Anglo Saxon heritage wanting to anglisize everything. Thus history was sanitised by their publicity machine.

New Holland became Swan River Colony and not much later Western Australia.
In New York, originally a Dutch settlement, when the English took over New Amsterdam became New York, Breukelen became Brooklyn etc. Charly Gehring of De Nieu Nederlanse Marcurius wrote:

“It never ceases to amaze me that the Dutch left such footprints everywhere in the world and that they are largely ignored or minimalized. I've been struggling with this problem for years on the New Netherland Project. The early history of New York is so overshadowed by the Puritans and Pilgrims of New England that you would hardly know that the Dutch were ever here.:” http://www.nnp.org/marcurius/ (The group have translated 12,000 pages in the last 20 years in a bid to gain recognition of their history). 

Ed. I find this encouraging and all the more reason to rectify the shortcomings in Australian history. We need your help!!

If any of our readers know of any artrifact, anecdote, oral history, newspaper article - in fact anything related to a VOC connection, please let us know. By email is the quickest but an envelope will travel just as well.

Ideally, we would like people to visit local schools to tell them the story how the first European settlers arrived in 1629. If you would like to do that, the Society will provide the material. If you have any ideas yourself, again, please let us know.

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