Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Heads or Tails: 243: A Map of the Republic of New Netherland << Strange Maps


243 - A Map of the Republic of New Netherland
New Amsterdam never gave way to New York. The Dutch kept the whole of their North American colony out of the hands of the perfidious English, in fact. New Netherland today constitutes a thriving Republic stretching from the Atlantic coast to Québec, dividing New England from the rest of the United States.

This Republik van Nieuw Nederland is the brainchild of Paul Burgess, who’s been fleshing out its allohistorical details since his mid-20s – he’s even devised a pretty cool flag for the Republic, not to mention an anthem (’Onze Patrie’ – ‘Our Fatherland’), names for the baseball teams in the Knickerbocker League, a list of the best places to smuggle goods across the border to the US and even call letters for New Netherland radio stations. And, of course, this map.

Mr. Burgess’ fictional country has its origins in a PoD (Point of Divergence) in the year 1638, when not the irascible Willem Kieft, but the level-headed David Pietersen de Vries is appointed Director-General of the colony. De Vries pushes for colonisation, good relations with the Five Nations tribes, self-government and expansion and consolidation of the borders.

New Netherland achieved independence in 1798, after the ‘old’ Netherlands were overrun by the French. Philip Schuyler, the last Director-General of the colony, became the first Prime Minister of the independent Republic. Influential successors were PMs Maarten van Buren (1820-1856), and the Roosevelts: Theodore (1897-1919), Franklin D. (1930-1945) and Quentin (1948-1965), Theodore’s son.

The Landdag (Parliament) is comprised of the lower House of Burghers and the higher House of Peers.According to the 1980 census, New Netherland measures 71,288 square miles, counts 31,2 million inhabitants and is divided in 13 provinces, one city (New Amsterdam) and one freeport (Philadelphia). Most populous city is the capital, New Amsterdam (7 million). About 85% of the New Netherlanders speak Dutch, 9% English (mainly in Philadelphia, New Haven, Hartford and eastern parts of Vermont and Long Island) and 6% one of the Iroquois languages. READ MORE.
I have no idea how this relates to "Seven" but here 'tis.
I love the map and the history.

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19 comments:

  1. LOL! I like bending the rules, too.. and do it often!

    It was a fascinating post. :)

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  2. Sometimes rules just need to be broken, especially when you end up creating a great post ;-)

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  3. Now this is a post after my husband's heart! He's Dutch and hasn't fully accepted that it's NYC and not New Amsterdam! :)

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  4. It amazing how things do change over time.
    My list is up.

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  5. I'm sure there was a 7 written on that map somewhere. hehehe! I like looking at old maps too. They are very interesting. :o)

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  6. Way cool. I adore maps. And globes. And atlases. I'm a geek and freely admit it.

    My math project consists of typing up 9 weekly math assignments consisting of two problems and several sub problems aka a), b), c). We have to solve the problem and explain it on the way. The portfolio is our study guide for the final. I am having frustrating problems with the equation editor of Word 2007 and my problems don't line up in the manner I would like them to be in. Sample question: Problem # 14~a)if y varies directly as x, and y=8 when x=2, find the value of y when x=32. b and c are similar parts of the problem. It is an interesting way to allow students who are more talented with words to write out explanations with their solved problems. It is a big headache I wish was due March 17 as opposed to March 10 due to our move and everything. I can send you a copy of my final draft next week if you're interested. My email is MamaKRB@aol.com. My class is math 097 which is called intermediate algebra aka alg 2. We barely ever use our calculators as he teaches us how to do everything the old way. It kinda works for me except I have trouble remembering order of steps so project will be an excellent thing to have at the final.

    Hugs,
    Janice

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  7. Great post (as usual). I love reading your blog!

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  8. No, I don't see how it has anything to do with a list of 7, but it was very interesting, so who cares? You find and write about the neatest things.

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  9. Very fascinating! You are one erudite lady. Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

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  10. Hi!! This is amazing. Why, it's more like a history lesson. And I loved it.

    Thanks for the visit.

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  11. Seven times one million -- there is your link to seven this week. That is the answer to the non-Jeopardy question: What equals the number of people in the most populous city, New Amsterdam? Grin. Enjoyed the post.

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  12. I love maps! I go to map stores the way some people go to book stores!!
    Thanks for visiting me :)

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  13. My husband loves maps, too! This one is pretty interesting. Thanks for visiting my HoT.

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  14. I'm a big alt history fan so this was indeed quite interesting. Thanks.

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  15. Fascinating and educational post.

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  16. Cool post. I love the map. Always fun to learn something new....

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  17. Rules are meant to be broken! I loved this post! That's a cool map!! Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your comments :)

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  18. I'm bad when it comes to reading maps, good thing my husband is there to take over map reading while we're on the road. :)

    Thanks for sharing this interesting post.

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