Magazine October 5, 2009, Issue

Dutch City

Early illustration of New Amsterdam, 1664. (Wikimedia)

I live in a historical anomaly — an American city not founded by Anglos. As you move south and west, you find others — New Orleans, former Spanish missions in Florida and the southwest. But in America’s eastern hearth, New York stands out for beginning life as New Amsterdam.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage of discovery, and the city has modestly celebrated his feat. A model of his ship, the Half Moon, sits in City Hall Park, and some restaurants are offering Dutch fare. (One of the Dutch boats NR cruised on served a Dutch meal

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