The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America


In an account that blends a novelist's grasp of storytelling with cutting-edge scholarship, The Island at the Center of the World strips Manhattan of its asphalt and brings us back to a wilderness island. Manhattan was populated by wolves and bears which became a prize in the global power struggle between the English and the Dutch. Russell Shorto shows that America's founding was not the work of English settlers alone, but rather a result of two seventeenth century powers--Amsterdam and England. It was Amsterdam's most ...

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