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DIVERSIFYING BRITISH AMERICA

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DIVERSIFYING BRITISH AMERICA New Amsterdam, later New York City, was a company town that had no toleration for religious dissenters, free speech, or democratic practices. The Dutch colony and city developed a very pronounced aristocratic tinge and vast feudal estates werecreated. New Amsterdam did attract a cosmopolitan population, as is typical of seaport towns. the Dutch colonists residing in New Amsterdam, they lay under the shadow of the English colonies to the north. They were forced to surrender to the British in 1664, and the city was renamed New York. The Dutch settlers under the despotic leadership of Peter Stuyvesant, continued to exert considerable influence in the area. Stuyvesant had once remarked that his power was derived from the Dutch West India Company and God, not the people. While few Americans had the money to buy books, or the time to read them, they were very interested in the “news.” Colonial newspapers became a powerful agency for providing the news and airing colonial grievances and rallying opposition to British control.
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