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Lecture | Leiden International Seminar on the Atlantic (LISA)

Genocidal Moments in the 'Indian Wars' of colonial North America. Revisiting Kieft's war in New Netherland, 1640-1645

  • Mark Meuwese (University of Winnipeg)
Date
Monday 27 November 2017
Time
Series
Leiden International Seminars on the Atlantic (LISA) year 2017-2018
Location
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room
2.60 (Conference Room)

It is with pleasure that we invite you to the Leiden International Seminar on the Atlantic (LISA) on 27 November 2017. This LISA lecture is given by Mark Meuwese and titled 'Genocidal Moments in the 'Indian Wars' of colonial North America. Revisiting Kieft's war in New Netherland, 1640-1645'.

"Historians have traditionally labelled the violent conflicts between Indigenous peoples and European colonists in the English and Dutch colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America in the seventeenth century as 'Indian Wars'. This terminology downplays the moments of extreme violence that were repeatedly inflicted on Indigenous populations. In this paper I discuss the genocidal moments during Kieft's War, an 'Indian War' in New Netherland in which the colonists repeatedly massacred Indigenous communities, resulting in a very large death toll. I specifically seek to address the question as to why the Dutch colonizers resorted to the mass killing of Indigenous people, including women and children."

The lecture will be followed by drinks. 

Attendance is free, but please register via s.zijlstra@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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