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New York, 'The Island at the Center of the World'

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New York, 'The Island at the Center of the World'

New York, 'The Island at the Center of the World'

New York, 'The Island at the Center of the World'

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NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World, about the legacy of Dutch settlements in the 17th-century New Netherland colony that would later become New York City. Shorto profiles colonist Adriaen van der Donck, the man who won a municipal charter for the city of New Amsterdam under Dutch rule, and explains why the city of Yonkers bears testament to van der Donck even today.

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