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Virtual Lecture - Courtly and Highly Prized: Dutch Traders in the 17th Century Chesapeake

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

This presentation examines the role that Dutch traders played in the economic and cultural development of the Chesapeake during the seventeenth century. Relying on court records, mercantile accounts, correspondence, and material culture evidence, Dr. Christian Koot reconstructs the mercantile and kinship networks that tied Dutch traders in New Netherland (New York) to English planters as well as the rich artifactual residue of this trade. When England’s Restoration government ordered a clamp down on Anglo-Dutch smuggling in the Chesapeake in the 1660s Dutch and English traders in Maryland were at the forefront of blazing a new smuggling route in the Upper Chesapeake that avoided increased English patrols. Not coincidentally, this route connected the Dutch city of New Amstel on the Delaware River to the western coast of the Chesapeake Bay in northern Maryland. These individuals, including the governors of Maryland and Virginia (Charles Calvert and William Berkeley), worked throughout the 1660s to maintain the Chesapeake’s connections to Dutch New Netherland. Every day Virginians and Marylanders ate from Dutch stoneware, smoked tobacco from Dutch pipes, and stored their possessions in Dutch kasen. In short, New Netherland traders and residents of the English Chesapeake belonged to the same community in the seventeenth century. 

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers


This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Fifer at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

VL-Dr-KootAbout Our Presenter: Christian J. Koot received his PhD from the University of Delaware and now teaches at Towson University in Maryland where he is a Professor of History and the Chair of the History Department. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713 (NYU Press, 2011) and A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (New York University Press) which was published in January 2018.


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