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The Archaeology of New NetherlandA World Built on Trade$
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Craig Lukezic and John P. McCarthy

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066882

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066882.001.0001

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Woman the Trader

Woman the Trader

Native Women in New Netherland

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The Archaeology of New Netherland

Anne-Marie Cantwell

Diana diZerega Wall

University Press of Florida

Most scholars examining the relationship between European men and Native American women in the colonial situation tend to see a consistently exploitative one on the part of men. Here we look at that relationship through a different lens and discover the agency of Native women in their intimate relationships with European men in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. This chapter argues that these relationships were part of a continuation and expansion of traditional societal practices of exchange and gift giving, and the Europeans, probably unknowingly, conformed to those practices. These relationships are examined in the context of the roles of European men and African women who inhabited the colony.

Keywords:   intimate relationships, Native American women, Dutch colony, New Netherland, agency

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