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Adriaen Van der Donck - Selected Archive Items

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[2630] Anonymous, Nieu Amsterdam (c. 1643),
courtesy of the Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, New York.
This engraving shows two traders, possibly a married couple, standing with their wares in the foreground, while one of the earliest views of what was to become Manhattan can be seen in the background.

[2637] Joost Hartgers, T' Fort Nieuw Amsterdam op de Manhatans [Hartgers' View] (c. 1626),
courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, New York.
This engraving shows Native American and European boats navigating the waters around present-day New York City. The Dutch fort, complete with a windmill, is at the center of the image.

[2642] John Heaten, Van Bergen Overmantel (c. 1730-45),
courtesy of the New York State Historical Association.
This vibrant depiction of colonial life in New York emphasizes the area's Dutch roots. The Dutch-style structures include a New World Dutch barn, hay barracks, and a farmhouse with parapet gables and a pantiled roof.

[3694] Thomas Cole, The Falls of the Kaaterskill (1826),
courtesy of the Warner Collection of the Gulf States Paper Corporation.
Cole was one of the first American landscape artists and a founder of the Hudson River School of painting. Romantic depictions of wilderness became popular as the United States continued its westward expansion.

[9042] Laura Arnold, The Great Chain of Being (2003),
courtesy of Laura Arnold.
From the beginning of the Middle Ages through the early nineteenth century, "educated Europeans" conceived of the universe in terms of a hierarchical Great Chain of Being with God at its apex. In many ways, this hierarchy, still pervasive in Western theology and thought, stands in opposition to Native American and other belief systems that view the human and spirit worlds as co-existing on a horizontal plane.

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