Education: Document Showcase:

Women's Rights in Early New York

Additional Resources


Barrett, Tracy. Growing Up in Colonial America. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1995.
Diaries and letters provide firsthand accounts of what life was like for children in the colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Barter, James. A Travel Guide to Colonial New York. San Diego: Lucent Books, 2003.
A history of colonial New York presented in a travel guide format.

Burgan, Michael. Voices from Colonial America: 1609-1776. Des Moines: National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006.
Covers the colonial history of New York for children.

Hintz, Martin. The New York Colony (Fact Finders). Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2006.

Maestro, Betsy. The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689. New York: Lothrop, 1998.
Within sixty years of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth, Americans had started public education, founded a college, built thriving seaports, printed books, minted coins, and started a postal service.

Rinaldi, Ann. The Color of Fire. New York: Hyperion Books, 2006.Historical fiction written from the point of view of a slave girl in a colonial New York household during the mid-1700s.

Web Resources
Website of the New Netherland Project sponsored by the New York State Library and the Holland Society.  The project works to transcribe, translate, and publish all Dutch documents in NY repositories relating to New Netherland.
An overview of the history of colonial New York
A clickable timeline of the early history of New York
A transcription of the Notification of the Purchase of Manhattan by the Dutch; November 5, 1626
A history of the Dutch colonies in the New World
Description of the peaceful surrender of the Dutch to the English in New Netherland in 1664
A short video interview with Professor Joyce Goodfriend about the roles and rights of women in the Dutch colony and how they changed when the English took the colony
A digital interactive map of New Amsterdam
Image of the document Purchase of Manhattan Island, 1626
Interactive map of Manhattan in 1609
Documentary featuring historian Barry Lewis looking at the Dutch influence on New York and on the American colonies
An article about the different rights that women had under Dutch and English colonial rule