"Spacious and Broad, Clear and Deep": The Hudson River and Dutch Colonialization

POUGHKEEPSIE (Oct. 2, 2013) – In his 1655 Description of New Netherland, Adriaen van der Donck praised the Hudson River profusely, calling it “spacious and broad, clear and deep.” The Hudson River was essential to the Dutch colony in many ways.  

In his lecture, Dr. Jaap Jacobs will explore how the Dutch perceived the river, what it reminded them of, how it fit into the Dutch colonial culture, and how the colonists used it as a resource.  

Dr. Jaap Jacobs
7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10
Nelly Goletti Theatre
This event, part of the Marist College Autumn Lecture Series, is
presented by the Hudson River Valley Institute
Free and open to the public


Dr. Jacobs teaches history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and is one of the leading authorities on the history of the DutchJaap Jacobs book in the Americas in the early modern period. He has taught at the University of Amsterdam, Cornell University, the University of

Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. He has published widely on New Netherland and New Amsterdam, including The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth Century America (Cornell University Press, 2009). He is currently working on a biography of Petrus Stuyvesant. 

The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, US Army, Retired, to promote knowledge and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region of America.