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In 1609, the English explorer Henry Hudson navigated the river he called the Mauritius in his ship the Half Moon. Today, the river is called the Hudson.

Illustration courtesy The Hudson: Three Centuries of History, Romance, and Invention, by Wallace Bruce (1907)

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Erie Canal
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Erie Canal

A map of the Erie Canal in New York.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: canals, engineering, great lakes, hudson river, maps, new york
The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson
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The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson

Students view a famous painting and analyze its details. They investigate the circumstances that led to Henry Hudson and part of his crew being left behind in Hudson Bay after a mutiny, or refusal of crewmembers to obey, on the ship.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: exploration, henry hudson, mutiny, navigation, northwest passage
The Dutch Influence in New Netherland
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The Dutch Influence in New Netherland

Students read about, and watch video segments about, the Dutch influence in New Netherland. Then they identify Dutch cultural traits that endured to become part of American culture today.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: cultural diffusion, cultural markers, diversity, hudson river valley, netherlands, new netherland
Mapping Diversity in Old and New Netherland
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Mapping Diversity in Old and New Netherland

Students watch video segments to learn about the 17th century Dutch colony of New Netherland. Then they map the sources of diversity in the colony.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: diversity, netherlands, new netherland, new york, settlers
Hudson River: Land Rights and Conflict
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Hudson River: Land Rights and Conflict

Students watch videos, analyze maps, and investigate the history of land transfer and conflict between the Dutch and Native Americans to understand the groups’ different ideas about land rights and “homeland.”

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: conflict, dutch, hudson river valley, land transfer, native americans, settlement
Hudson River: A Good Place for a Settlement
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Hudson River: A Good Place for a Settlement

Students watch videos and analyze maps describing human settlement patterns in the Hudson Valley region, interactions between Dutch Europeans and Native Americans, and the natural landscape.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: dutch, hudson river valley, natural resources, settlement, trade
Exploring Early Manhattan Through Art
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Exploring Early Manhattan Through Art

Students analyze two paintings by artist Len Tantillo depicting early Manhattan in the 1650-1660s. Then they discuss how art can reveal geographic information about place.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: dutch settlement, henry hudson, hudson river valley, manhattan, new amsterdam