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Women in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic World

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dc.contributor.advisor Landsman, Ned C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Ricciardi, Annette en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:53:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:53:26Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77728 en_US
dc.description 280 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores the myriad ways in which women, both overseas and in the Netherlands, engaged in the early modern Dutch Atlantic world. It argues that women in the Dutch colonies around the Atlantic perimeter and at home made significant contributions to the formation and expansion of the Atlantic World because of their participation in the public sphere. Through an examination of court and church records, in addition to notarial papers, it becomes clear that women in the Dutch territories had more independence than their peers of other European maritime powers at the time, and thus were able to exert more influence on the development of the early modern Atlantic world. Women participated in the economy in this territory not only by aiding male relatives and husbands in their business endeavors, but also by establishing themselves independently in a variety of occupations such as merchant, plantation holder, and tavern keeper. In addition, women devised several other strategies for survival and upward mobility in the colonies and territories governed by the Dutch West India Company. Many married several times while ensuring their financial independence and the inheritance of their children through prenuptial contracts. Moreover, women frequently used the courts to further their own and their families' interests. They did so in the colonies and some even traveled to the Netherlands to bring their cases to the highest court. Not only did white women in the colonies use these strategies for survival and advancement, free black women and some of the enslaved used them as well. The dissertation is divided into six chapters which examine the legal precedents set in the Netherlands with regard to women, the position of wives and widows in the Atlantic world, women's economic contributions, the position of enslaved women, and the role that concubinage and miscegenation played in the Dutch colonies. The concluding chapter explores the ways in which women in the Netherlands participated in, and were affected by, the Atlantic world. Finally, a short additional chapter deals with the travel experiences of women on board ships in the Atlantic. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History en_US
dc.subject.other Atlantic, Dutch, Slavery, Women en_US
dc.title Women in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic World en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Wilson, Kathleen en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Cooper, Alix en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Newman, Andrew en_US

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