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Brothers Among NationsThe Pursuit of Intercultural Alliances in Early America, 1580-1660$
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Cynthia Van Zandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181241.001.0001

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Alliances of Necessity

Alliances of Necessity

Fictive Kinship and Manhattan's Diaspora African Community

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Brothers Among Nations

Cynthia J. Van Zandt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the kinds of partnerships diaspora Africans made in early 17th-century colonies. It focuses particularly on New Netherland and on Manhattan, which had the largest African community in North America before the 1650s. Using a close analysis of evidence from two criminal court cases, the chapter argues that Africans in New Amsterdam formed their own alliances and used them to challenge and sometimes to shape the power of Dutch colonial officials and institutions of authority.

Keywords:   diaspora, African, Dutch, New Netherland, New Amsterdam, court

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