Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Before Penn: An Illustrated History of The Delaware River Colonies 1609 - 1682" November 2019 Book Giveaway

Thanks to author Hal Taylor, The History Girl is offering a copy of Before Penn: An Illustrated History of The Delaware River Colonies 1609 - 1682. In order to be in the running, submit your name and e-mail address below!

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About the Book
Before Penn provides the little known but fascinating history of the European settlement of the Delaware River Valley prior to the founding of Philadelphia by William Penn.

The background tells of a legendary visit to North America by Irish monk St. Brendan in the seventh century and continues with a litany of European explorers searching for a short cut through the North American continent that will lead to the treasures of the Far East. During the process, abundant natural resources are discovered, leading to competition among major powers.

The foremost of these, The Dutch, grab a large region of the Northeast, including the Delaware River Valley, which they name New Netherland, and establish an extremely lucrative fur trade with the Native Americans. Eventually, disgruntled Dutch businessmen partner with Swedish backers to create a rival venture on the Delaware called New Sweden. The two nations squabble continuously over control of the fur trade with the Indians leading to the construction of forts intended to to outflank each other in a territorial chess match. As command of the Delaware and its resources swings back and forth, it is made even more complex when a separatist group from New England attempts to encroach on the fur trade. It comes to an end when the Dutch launch a bloodless takeover of New Sweden.

The colonists stay put however, pledging loyalty to New Netherland and increase settlements throughout the region. Then in 1664, the English absorb New Netherland and all its holdings, including the Delaware River colonies.

There are many unique personalities and events involved in this engrossing narrative that include Johan Printz, bombastic governor of New Sweden, and his counterpart from New Netherland, the irascible Peter Stuyvesant; the first brewer on the Delaware, and possibly the finest name–Foppe Outhout; Alexander d’Hinyossa, who took corruption to a whole new level; and the issue of the Penn and Calvert property dispute that continued well into the twentieth century.

Punctuated by over eighty original color and black and white illustrations, Before Penn is a comprehensive overview of an important region of the U.S. whose history has been largely underserved.

*One entry per person.
*Valid for all residents of the 50 United States of America, 13 years of age or older.
*Entries without a valid e-mail address are not eligible.
*Contest begins November 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm EST and ends November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm EST.
*The winner(s) will be chosen at random.
*The winner(s) will be notified via e-mail on November 16, 2019 after 8:00 pm. The winner(s) must respond with a mailing address within thirty-six (36) hours or another winner will be chosen.

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