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Manahahtáanung or Nieuw Amsterdam?

400 years ago, the Dutch arrived in America to establish a colony in the area that is now New York on behalf of the West India Company. The Amsterdam Museum, together with the representatives of Lenape – original inhabitants of this area in the United States – created this exhibition about the consequences for the Indigenous residents and their struggle.

Manahahtáanung or Nieuw Amsterdam?

Dates
Mon 27 May10:00 - 17:00
Tue 28 May10:00 - 17:00
Wed 29 May10:00 - 17:00
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Location
Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel
Amstel 51
1018 EJ Amsterdam

From an Indigenous perspective

It's been 400 years since the Dutch arrived in America at the mouth of the Hudson to found a colony. After that colony was conquered by the English from the Dutch in 1664, the settlement grew into the city of New York in the following centuries. The Dutch invasion and decades of colonization in this area had major consequences for the Indigenous population who lived in the area and on the island they called Manahahtáanung in the 17th century. They lost their land and became victims of diseases, wars and loss of livelihood. Colonists deliberately made it impossible for Indigenous people to maintain their own way of life and culture. At the same time, there has always been resistance from Indigenous communities, even to this day.

Imara Limon, curator Amsterdam Museum:

''Colonialism in Suriname, the Caribbean and Asia is receiving increasing attention in the Netherlands and also in the Amsterdam Museum. But Amsterdam also left deep marks in North America through colonial activities. I was surprised how little most Amsterdammers and New Yorkers know about New Amsterdam and the Lenape. And while the name Amsterdam was used to make the area their own. We are honored to be able to show this underexposed part of Dutch colonial history together with representatives of the Lenape and the Museum of the City of New York."

Dates and times

Sunday 26 May10:00 - 17:00
Monday 27 May10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 28 May10:00 - 17:00

Manahahtáanung or Nieuw Amsterdam?

Dates
Mon 27 May10:00 - 17:00
Tue 28 May10:00 - 17:00
Wed 29 May10:00 - 17:00
More dates
Location
Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel
Amstel 51
1018 EJ Amsterdam