By Adriaen van der Donck
This variation of an outline of latest Netherland presents the 1st entire and actual English-language translation of an important first-hand account of the lives and global of Dutch colonists and northeastern local groups within the 17th century. Adriaen van der Donck, a graduate of Leiden college within the 1640s, turned the legislation enforcement officer for the Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, situated alongside the higher Hudson River. His place enabled him to have interaction greatly with Dutch colonists and the neighborhood Algonquians and Iroquoians. An astute observer, unique recorder, and available author, Van der Donck used to be preferably positioned to write down approximately his stories and the average and cultural worlds round him.Van der Donck’s Beschryvinge van Nieuw-Nederlant used to be first released in 1655 after which accelerated in 1656. An faulty and abbreviated English translation seemed in 1841 and was once reprinted in 1968. This new quantity positive aspects a correct, polished translation by way of Diederik Willem Goedhuys and contains the entire fabric from the unique 1655 and 1656 versions. the result's an integral first-hand account with enduring price to historians, ethnohistorians, and anthropologists. (20090130)
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33 This vegetable grows and proliferates more abundantly than the melon, so much so that some people plant it in order eﬀectively to clear the land and subdue natural woodland for turning into arable ﬁelds. The juice is delicious and rather like apricot juice. People there will eat as many as six watermelons against one melon, even when they can have as many of both as they wish. Watermelons normally grow as big as a man’s head. I have seen some the size of the stoutest Leiden cabbages, except that they have more of an oblong shape.
I have been told that when properly prepared, as apples are here, they are not inferior to apples or diﬀer only slightly, and when baked in an oven they are considered even better than apples. The English, who are fond of tasty food, like pumpkins very much and use them also in pies, and know how to make a beverage from them. I am not sure whether all kinds of pumpkins and gourds occurring anywhere are also to be found there, but the Spanish are the best of all. 32 It is a pleasing fruit, both to the eye for its many beautiful colors and to the palate for its good taste.
Some thrive also much more naturally than they do here, mainly those requiring warm weather. 30 They grow on the level and open ﬁelds, in the natural forests under the trees, on the banks of rivers, creeks, and Of the Vineyards | streams, on the hillsides, and on the foothills of mountains. Some vines grow up trees, spread over coppices, shrubs, and brushwood, or through the grass on the ground, so that when on horseback or on foot one becomes entangled in them; it often takes much eﬀort and time to get free again.
A Description of New Netherland (The Iroquoians and Their World) by Adriaen van der Donck