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Indian corn and Dutch pots: Seventeenth-century foodways in New Amsterdam/New York

Abstract

Foodways of every colonizing European group changed in the New World, but, before the changes can be assessed, it is necessary to know what foods and food-related artifacts were common and available in the mother countries. Dutch foodways can be described using documents, excavated artifacts, and genre paintings. New York City began as a Dutch colony, and its foodways in the 17th century reflected this origin. Modifications in Dutch-American utilization of European domestic plants and animals were similar to changes in neighboring British colonies, but artifacts, specifically ceramics, remained recognizably Dutch well after the British annexation of the colony in 1664.

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Janowitz, M.F. Indian corn and Dutch pots: Seventeenth-century foodways in New Amsterdam/New York. Hist Arch 27, 6–24 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03374170

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