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The Island at the Center of the World - The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America

Russell Shorto

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History

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In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today. In the late 1960s, an archivist in the New York State Library made an astounding discovery: 12,000 pages of centuries-old correspondence, court cases, legal contracts, and reports from a forgotten society: the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan, which predated the thirteen "original" American colonies. For the past thirty years scholar Charles Gehring has been translating this trove, which was recently declared a national treasure. Now, Russell Shorto has made use of this vital material to construct a sweeping narrative of Manhattan's founding that gives a startling, fresh perspective on how America began. In an account that blends a novelist's grasp of storytelling with cutting-edge scholarship, The Island at the Center of the World strips Manhattan of its asphalt, bringing us back to a wilderness island-a hunting ground for Indians, populated by wolves and bears-that became a prize in the global power struggle between the English and the Dutch. Indeed, Russell Shorto shows that America's founding was not the work of English settlers alone but a result of the clashing of these two seventeenth century powers. In fact, it was Amsterdam-Europe's most liberal city, with an unusual policy of tolerance and a polyglot society dedicated to free trade-that became the model for the city of New Amsterdam on Manhattan. While the Puritans of New England were founding a society based on intolerance, on Manhattan the Dutch created a free-trade, upwardly-mobile melting pot that would help shape not only New York, but America. The story moves from the halls of power in London and The Hague to bloody naval encounters on the high seas. The characters in the saga-the men and women who played a part in Manhattan's founding-range from the philosopher Rene Descartes to James, the Duke of York, to prostitutes and smugglers. At

Language:

English

Length:

14h 36m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:40


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:09


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:59


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:59


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:45


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:28


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:51


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:06


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:58


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:09


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:51


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:05


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:43


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:28


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:09


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:43


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:14


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:39


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:35


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:10


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:26


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:55


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:29


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:28


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:56


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:37