Setting the Stage: Read aloud Kiliaen Van Rensselaer’s letter to Arendt Van Curler, May 10th, 1638. What has Arendt Van Curler been tasked with doing for his cousin Kiliaen? What does that tell you about New Netherland?
Supporting Question #1: What purpose(s) did New Netherland serve and how was it governed?
Formative Assessment #1: Compare and contrast the DWIC’s Charter with the laws outlined by the Colony of Rensselaerswyck using a Venn diagram.
Supporting Question #2: What were some of the challenges to the Dutch West India Company's authority?
Formative Assessment #2: Fill out a discussion web with 1 claim for every document, and text-based evidence to support each claim, examining how each document represents a challenge to the DWIC.
Supporting Question #3: To what degree were the colonists of New Netherland free? Did everyone share in this degree of freedom equally?
Formative Assessment #3: Write a quick response paper reflecting on the life experiences of a specific ethnic, religious, gender, or socioeconomic group answering the above question with citations to relevant texts.
Write a 2-3 page argumentative paper utilizing at least 5 of the primary sources provided in this unit with in-text citations. The paper will answer the compelling question: “Were the Dutch successful in governing New Netherland?” and must include an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Compare and contrast New Netherland with the colonies of Virginia, Massachusetts Bay, and New France. How did the Dutch do things differently? What common trends do we see in these colonial experiments?
Taking Informed Action:
Are there any laws or public policies that are in place in your community that you feel favor the few at the expense of the many? Write a local representative on the issue underlining your proposals for change.