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Local teacher gets to share research with historical society


November 29, 2017

LANA HOLDEN stands next to the New Netherland Plein, a brass model of the City of New Amsterdam based on historic documents.

Lana Holden became fascinated with New Netherland when she was working on her master's degree in history 10 years ago.

Along the way she discovered Catalina (Catalyntje) Trico, one of the first European women to live in the New World, who arrived on a ship from the Netherlands in 1624. In fact, Holden got so interested in Trico that she's working on a book about her.

New Netherland was a Dutch colony in North America (1613–64), comprising what is now New York City, the area along the Hudson River and the lower Delaware River, including Manhattan, which the new arrivals purchased from th...

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