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New Orange and Anthony Colve–the Dutch New Netherlands You Have Never Heard Of

27 Oct

In the last days of Dutch control over Manhattan, a demagogic dictator seized the city, promising to keep unwanted foreigners at bay. The first step? Build a wall.

Source: The Man Who Vowed to Make New Amsterdam Great Again – Narratively

Why Are So Many Flags Red, White and Blue? (Part One)

17 Oct

One of the oldest flags in existence, the Dutch flag is also one of the most influential – providing a wealth of insight. In the sixteenth century William I, prince of Orange led the Dutch independence movement against the Spanish. His livery of orange, white and blue was worn by his troops at the siege of Leiden and quickly became the chosen colours of the Dutch nationalist movement.

So comments Daryl Worthington amidst his first post at NewHistorian exploring the history of red, white, and blue coloring in national flags: Why Are So Many Flags Red, White and Blue? (Part One)

The Dutch Moment

3 Oct

Here’s a fascinating interview by John Fea with Willem Klooster, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Clark University, about his new book, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World: The Author’s Corner with Willem Klooster | the way of improvement leads home

The Most Beautiful Tulip in History Cost as Much as a House 

29 Apr

Here in Orange City, some tulips are blooming. Moreover, the Tulip Festival is less than a month away.

So, now is the time to remind ourselves about the bulb. During the Netherlands’ tulip bubble, the Semper Augustus was among the rarest and most valuable: The Most Beautiful Tulip in History Cost as Much as a House | Atlas Obscura

The Voluntary Secularization of Christmas

7 Dec

On Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, and the secularization of Christmas, by my fellow historian and colleague Rebecca Koerselman, at The Twelve: The Voluntary Secularization of Christmas – THE TWELVE

The Battle of Waterloo and things Napoleonic

18 Jun

His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange with his arm in a sling after being wounded in the battle of Waterloo. 1816. European Division.

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, where the self-styled Emperor of France met his final defeat. Taru  Spiegel of the Library of Congress has a brief discussion of the event and of various Napoleonic (or Napoleonic-related) items in the Library’s holdings. Of particular note is a Dutch connection … which you can read about in Spiegel’s post here: The Battle of Waterloo | Library of Congress Blog.

The Dutch and American Memorial Day–in the Netherlands

25 May

MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II.

So begins a fascinating story by Ian Shapira in the Washington Post. You can read the entire story here: Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten. – The Washington Post.

The 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands

5 May

The Nazi occupation of the Netherlands finally ended 70 years ago today. Here are some fascinating photos about the liberation: 13 iconic Dutch liberation photos.

1637 Tulipmania

20 Mar

Twee tulpen, een schelp, een vlinder en een libel, blad in het Tulpenboek van Jacob Marrel, 1637-1645

Here in Orange City, Iowa, the annual Tulip Festival is about 2 months away. Not close, but getting close. Further, today is the first day of spring.

Thus, this wonderful Tulipmania digital display from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam seems timely: 1637 Tulipmania – Timeline Dutch History – Explore the collection – Rijksmuseum.

Netherlands’ “War on Xmas” is “War on ‘Black Pete’”

2 Dec

In November, while governor Jay Nixon declared the controversy in Ferguson to be a state of emergency, another racially charged protest was under way in the Netherlands. On November 15 the town of Gouda (famous for its cheese) held an annual festival celebrating the arrival of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and his sidekick, a Spanish Moor named Zwarte Piet or “Black Pete.”

So begins a fascinating post on Christmas, race, and the Netherlands by Joseph Laycock at Religion Dispatches. You can read the entire post here: Netherlands’ “War on Xmas” is “War on ‘Black Pete’” | Religion Dispatches.

(For a related take on this, see this NPR story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/12/01/367704573/santas-black-faced-helpers-are-under-fire-in-the-netherlands.)

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