Dutch New York, between East and West The World of Margrieta van Varick Deborah L. Krohn, Marybeth De Filippis, Peter N. Miller

Publication date:
10 Oct 2009
Yale University Press
464 pages: x 229mm
50 b-w + 320 color illus.
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Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage and the lasting legacy of Dutch culture in New York, this book explores the life and times of a fascinating woman, her family, and her things. Margrieta was born in the Netherlands but lived at the extremes of the Dutch colonial world, in Malacca on the Malay Peninsula and in Flatbush, Brooklyn. When she came to New York in 1686 with her husband and set up a shop, she brought an astonishing array of Eastern goods, many of which were documented in an inventory made after her death in 1695. Extensive archival research has enabled a collaborative team to reconstruct her story and establish the depth of her connection to Dutch trading establishments in Asia. This is a groundbreaking contribution to the histories of New York City, the Dutch overseas empire, women, and material culture.

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Dutch New York, between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick won the 2011 Henry Allen Moe Prize given by the New York State Historical Association for excellence in exhibitions and collections-based publishing.

Deborah Krohn is coordinator for History and Theory of Museums at the Bard Graduate Center, where Peter N. Miller is Dean and Chair of Academic Programs; Marybeth De Filippis is Assistant Curator for American Art at the New-York Historical Society.

"A visually rich and intellectually provocative volume."—Elizabeth Hyde, Sixteenth Century Journal

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