The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands

"The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands explores the history of the Dutch presence in America and the interactions between the United States and the Netherlands from Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to the post-World-War-II period. The project is the product of ongoing cooperation between the Library of Congress and the National Library of the Netherlands, which has enlisted the cooperation of other leading Dutch libraries, museums, and archives.

Along with Britain, France, Russia, and Spain, the Netherlands was one of the few European powers to claim territory and build settlements on North American soil. The initial stage of this online project, completed in the fall of 2003, focuses on the period between 1609 and 1664, when the Dutch established the colony of New Netherland, located in parts of present-day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut. Later stages of the project will cover the role of the Dutch and Dutch-American patriots in the American War of Independence; large-scale migration from the Netherlands to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; "Holland-Mania", or the discovery of Dutch painting and culture by American artists and scholars in the late nineteenth century; and the World War II and post-war periods, including a new wave of post-1945 immigration.

The Atlantic World is part of the Library of Congress's Global Gateway project to establish cooperative digital libraries with national libraries from around the world. The companion Atlantic World site of the National Library of the Netherlands, The Memory of the Netherlands, is located at"

The digital sources comprise books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other printed materials and can be browsed or searched by keyword.

See for The Memory of the Netherlands also this entry in the portal.

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