Dutch Presence in North Ameri

1st assignment

A Survey of the Dutch in North America and in New Amsterdam Region in Particular

Write a 300-word paper, providing an overview and a commentary of the Dutch presence in North America, primarily their settlements along the Great North River (The New Netherlands), and the New Amsterdam most notably. Of course start briefly by noting why they set off to the New World, and which company was involved in the process. Then zoom into their presence in our region, on both sides of the Great River, i.e. in today’s New York State, and the State of New Jersey. Do make sure you mention who was here first!

Use the relevant sections from your:

1) Textbook, and state so, e.g. (Tignor 99), and

2) segments of the video found free on YouTube – New York: A Documentary Film – Episode One: The Country and The City (1609-1825) by Ric Burns – watch from the beginning up to and including the arrival of the British to the harbor (which is the first 45 minutes of the videos, starting at 11th minute).

https://youtu.be/V1omW-OPlRk (Links to an external site.)

To better understand Dutch overseas trade, see Capitalism and the Dutch East India Company (15min 39 sec):

https://youtu.be/zPIhMJGWiM8 (Links to an external site.)

Please reply in essay format, use about 300 words, with at least 4 dates/periods, e.g. the year when X happened, the century when Y ruled, etc. Utilize the general historical questions – Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How as you go.

Make sure that when you use sources – you need at least two – see post on Originality and Format about MLA citations – you use less than 20% of the total word count of your paper, and you cite properly your sources. For details, see the course syllabus and the college Policy on Academic Integrity. Violations of the policy (e.g. if more than 20% of the paper consists of non-original material, whether quoted or not cited, will result in grade nil – ‘zero’). You don’t need to use my textbook you can use other sources !!!


2nd assignment

instructions A) For the first part of this assignment – “ARTifact“:

1. Please go to the website of the British Museum, a link named – History of the World in 100 objects.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/about/brit… (Links to an external site.) and the supplemental links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/xQBDvzBRSrqVQYQ5ECaZwA (Links to an external site.) and https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5KB52gmS1Hpsbv7DXn45QQN/a-history-of-the-world-in-100-objects-by-theme (Links to an external site.)

2. Choose an object (from anywhere from the world), from the period covered in this module (or about 30 years before or after the specific period covered in class in the current week), and present a report about the chosen artifact, with the explanation of the immediate context of the artifact seen in a wider historic context, in about 250 words.

Make sure that you pick 1 (one) of the 100 (one hundred) objects listed in the link – not any object that the British Museum has in its collection (which is about 8 million!). Do double-check – the list has literally 100 objects – and only about 1 or 2 will fit the bill for each module (see instructions for this assignment in the module itself).

3. Name of the artifact at the top of your report, and present to the reader the artifact and it’s provenance, including the historical context from which it hails.

4. Your essay style report is to contain 2 in-text references to the info from the British Museum website (make 1 reference), and at least 1 reference from the relevant information on the period and the artifact from the corresponding era found in your Book.

5. Include the image of the chosen artifact under that.

6. Provide a Work Cited section at the end of the ARTifact Report (for all the cited information you used in the report, and the source of your image. See examples for this in Originality, Citation, and Format.

7. Leave some space, and then start the second part…

B) For the second part of this assignment –Text” – Primary Source Document Analysis – which will be referenced for each module (from your textbook or one provided by the instructor)

2.1. Start with providing the title/name of the document at the top

2.2 Analyze the text of the primary source document, incorporating what you’ve learned in the lesson (1 in-text reference from the Book). Use the questions at the bottom of the primary source document as a guideline. Make sure you integrate the historical questions – Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How in your essay format reply.

2.3. Cite your sources (in-text and work cited at the end).

2.4. About 250 words of your analysis should suffice.

Note: The “ARTifact” and “Text” do not have to correspond thematically and do not have to be from the same world region, but both need to be roughly from the chronological period covered in the given module.

3.1. Submit original work, and have cited references (in-text and work cited at bottom);

3.2. Your upload must be a word doc or word docx or pdf.

3.3. Only one upload is possible.



ART – see instructions for this assignment in modules – How To… Art&Text in order to know which artifact to choose and how to present it.

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Primary Source Document Analysis

Document – Olaudah Equiano Describes the Middle Passage

The slave trade between Africa and the Americas involved the horrors of capture and the Middle Passage, a harrowing two-month voyage across the Atlantic. In the account below, Olaudah Equiano (1745–1797)—a west African who was captured by slave raiders when he was 10 years old—describes the ocean journey. He survived the voyage and twenty-one years of slavery before purchasing his freedom.

The first object which saluted my eyes when I arrived on the coast was the sea and a slave ship that was then riding at anchor and waiting for its cargo. These filled me with astonishment, which was soon converted into terror when I was carried on board. I was immediately handled and tossed up to see if I were sound by some of the crew, and I was now persuaded that I had gotten into a world of bad spirits and that they were going to kill me….

I was not long suffered to indulge my grief; I was soon put down under the decks, and there I received such a salutation in my nostrils as I had never experienced in my life; so that with the loathsomeness of the stench and crying together, I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat, nor had I the least desire to taste anything. I now wished for the last friend, death, to relieve me; but soon, to my grief, two of the white men offered me eatables, and on my refusing to eat, one of them held me fast by the hands and laid me across I think the windlass and tied my feet while the other flogged me severely. I had never experienced anything of this kind before, and although not being used to the water I naturally feared that element the first time I saw it, yet nevertheless, if I could have gotten over the nettings I would have jumped over the side, but I could not; and besides, the crew used to watch very closely over those of us who were not chained down to the decks, lest we should leap into the water, and I have seen some of these poor African prisoners most severely cut for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating. This indeed was often the case with me….

One day when we had a smooth sea and moderate wind, two of my wearied countrymen who were chained together (I was near them at the time), preferring death to such a life of misery, somehow made through the nettings and jumped into the sea; immediately another quite dejected fellow, who on account of his illness was suffered to be out of irons, also followed their example; and I believe many more would very soon have done the same if they had not been prevented by the ship’s crew, who were instantly alarmed. Those of us that were the most active were in a moment put down under the deck, and there was such a noise and confusion amongst the people of the ship as I never heard before, to stop her and get the boat to go after the slaves. However, two of the wretches were drowned, but they got the other and afterward flogged him unmercifully for thus attempting to prefer death to slavery. In this manner, we continued to undergo more hardships than I can now relate, hardships that are inseparable from this accursed trade.

from: Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself, 2 vols. (London, 1789).

Analyze the Source

Analyze the source by answering the questions, and Incorporate what you’ve learned in the lesson, and use the general historical questions as a guideline: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? (For details on how to do this activity go to How To… Assignments).

1. How are captured Africans treated on the slave ship?

2. In what ways do they try to resist?

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