Start the new year by learning how a a minor Dutch colony named New Amsterdam was destined to become arguably the most important city on the planet. That’s the theme of a FREE lecture at the NYPL Mid-Manhattan branch, by Ronald Brown, author of “How New York Became the Empire City: A Mythical Tour of Lower Manhattan”, the subject of the multi-media presentation.
You’ll hear that New Amsterdam was conceived as the capital of the vast Dutch colonial and commercial empire that would rule the Dutch possessions in the Caribbean, Brazil, and Africa. The British had other plans for us, as did the American Revolutionaries.
The program is Thurs., Jan. 2nd, 6:30 -8:30 p.m., at the Mid-Manhattan branch, Fifth Avenue and 40th St, across the avenue from the Main Branch with the two lions out front. There are no reservations, so be there by 6:15 to be ensured a seat. Event website.
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