Sunday, 6 August 2006

Currently reading...

I'm just beginning Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto.

A great read and I'm only 50 pages in. Great historical non-fiction; kudos to Shorto and the research of Dr. Charles Gehring at the New York State Library! The three pages about the (in)famous purchase of Manhattan by Peter Minuit (Pieter Minnewit), then governor of the fledgling Dutch colony, is alone worth picking this up. It's not as exploitative, or comically absurd, as one may have been lead to believe in American History 101. Without spoiling it for you, just repeat to yourself...context, context, context.

It's great reading about how rough living in the 17th century was.

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