History Lab: Life in New Amsterdam

Resource Guide

Grade Level: 4th and 7th Grade
Keywords: Colony, Fort, Heritage, Map, Symbol, Trade, Dialect, Explore, Longhouse, Native, Wigwam, Entrepreneur, Exchange, Export, Goods, Import, Trade, Wampum, Artifact, Enslaved, Half–freedom, Legacy, Petition, Slavery, Belief, Charter, Tolerance, Treaty, Diversity, Entrepreneur, Occupation, Opportunity, Shelter, Society, Wages
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Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae tabula multis in locis emendata. 1623. 38.260.86

This resource guide includes original essays written by leading scholars on the history of New Netherland. Additionally, it contains lesson plans with vocabulary lists, activities, and images of primary sources from the Museum’s collection — 17 of them were newly digitized for this guide. Lessons include contemporary connections that examine the Dutch influence still recognizable in New York today through its geography, diversity, tolerance, and entrepreneurial spirit.