Gotham – Exam – The Founding of Dutch New Netherland
Identify ten of the following; write one sentence for each.
b) Fresh River
c) The Dutch West India Company
d) The “Year of Blood”
e) First Rosh Hashanah
f) Peter Minuit
i) Bowling Green
j) Wall Street
k) Killiaen van Renssalear
l) Jonah Bronck
n) Peter Minuit
o) The Princess Amelia
Answer the following questions with one sentence:
a) What happened to Adriaen Van der Donck when he returned to New Amsterdam in 1645
b) What was the basis of his opposition to Keift and Stuyvesant?
c) What did Stuyvesant do?
d) What did AVD do in The Netherlands?
e) What was the response of the States General? What then happened in 1653 in terms of international relationships that changed everything?
f) Finally, what was AVD’s enduring accomplishment?
Paragraphs: Choose three of the following and write one or two paragraphs that thoroughly answer the question.
The Dutch were the most powerful nation in 17th century Europe. What was the source of their economic power? What advantage s did they bring to the “cold war” (and often hot wars) of the 16th and 17th centuries? Why did they seek a colony on the Atlantic coast of North America? What made the late 16th and 17th centuries the Dutch Golden Age?
What happened to Adriaen Van der Donck when he returned to New Amsterdam in 1645? What was the basis of his opposition to Keift and Stuyvesant? What diod Stuyvesant do,what did he do in The Netherlands, What was the response of the States General,what then happened in 1653 in terms of international relationships, and finally what was AVD’s enduring accomplishment
Why is New York Harbor arguably the finest in the world? Name three features of the geology and geography of what became New York that explain its attraction to contemporary explorers and its historical importance.
What characteristics that have come to characterize New York were evident during the Dutch period? (Name three) What European and other people came to live in the colony? How was the diverse population of New Amsterdam a harbinger of things to come.
Who was Peter Stuyvesant? How was Stuyvesant uniquely suited to manage the colony? Name four of his policies and accomplishments. Would you like to have lived in Stuyvesant’s New Amsterdam?
Why couldn’t Stuyvesant resist the British? Why didn’t the Dutch fight harder to keep New Amsterdam? Why was the transfer of power from the Dutch to the English so (relatively) peaceful?
Gotham test on Dutch January 28 2011
January 28, 2010
Gotham – Exam – The Founding of Dutch New Netherland
Identify and comment on five the following terms or names. One or two sentences for each should suffice. Be sure to give relevant dates.
1. First Rosh Hashanah
2. The Fresh River
4. Northwest Passage
5. Killiaen van Renssalear
6. Jonah Bronck
7. Peter Minuit
8. The Princess Amelia
9. The States General
10. Willem Kieft
Answer five of the following questions with one or two sentences:
1. When was the Dutch West India Company founded and what was its purpose and authority?
2. Describe the geographical boundaries of the Dutch colony of New Netherland?
3. What did Adriaen Van der Donck try to convince the Dutch government to do when he returned to the Netherlands in 1650?
4. What was the initial response of the States General? How was that response modified in light of circumstances in 1653?
5. What was Van der Donck’s most important achievement and his enduring legacy to the City of New York?
6. Why is New York Harbor arguably the finest in the world?
7. When did the English capture New Netherland? Why was it so easy?
8. What was the attitude of the native tribes to the idea of selling their land to the Dutch?
9. Who were the patrons? Who was the patron that hired Adriaen Van der Donck? When did he arrive in America? When?
10. What was the policy of granting “half freedom?”
Paragraphs: Choose one of the following and write one or two paragraphs that thoroughly answer the question.
1. Describe the Golden Age of the Dutch? Why did the newly emerging nation become so powerful, so wealthy, and so intellectually, politically, scientifically and artistically advance?
2. Name three features of the geology and geography of what became New York that explain both its attraction to contemporary explorers and its historical importance.
3. Name three characteristics that have come to characterize New York City that were already evident during the Dutch period?
4. How was the diversity that characterized New York City from the beginning both one of its greatest assets and its greatest vulnerability?
Gotham Quiz – May 14, 2010
The Crystal palace
The Penny Press
The Five Points
1.Along what contemporary street on the West side of of Manhattan not
far from school did the shore of the Hudson River lie?
2.What was the connection between the history and growth of Greenwich
Village and the regular outbreaks of disease – cholera, yellow fever,
dysentery – in Manhattan during the early part of the 19th century?
3.When was the Erie Canal Completed? Why was it so important?
4. What was the name of the estate on the blocks surrounding our school?
5. When were the Federal houses along Charlton, including our new school built?
What is weird about the relationship between 6th avenue and the
intersecting streets as well as the buildings and the sidewalks
between them and the street line? Why does it have little pie shaped
plazas on both sides below around Carmine St?