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Gosh, I love this crazy city, but sometimes I like to get away from it for a little serenity. Then I get bored, and need to get back. As a country boy, you just need all that stimulation and hustle-bustle.
From my reading, it seems that New Amsterdam was more foundational to America than Plymouth ever was. And New Amsterdam was there first, as a speculative project of the Dutch West Indies Company. It was a wild and crazy multicultural tolerant, commercial place in 1623 and they mostly got along with the Indians. It is often omitted from the history that this is where the Pilgrims were headed.
@ bob sykes - and even more especially David Hackett Fischer in Albion's Seed
NJ is following the Colin Woodard view of the colonies. Partly true, but greatly exaggerated in his praise of the Dutch. Somewhat tolerant, and there was considerable founder effect, but let's not go overboard. Woodard has trouble giving credit to the Puritans because they were religious.
Be it noted that during the first 50 years of peace with the puritans/natives in New England, Europe (including GB) had plenty of blood, as did the surrounding surrounding native tribes (see Iroquois 5 Nations holding off the Huron and Mohicans). The NE colonies were about the most peaceful place one could go in those years.
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