After the English took over control of what is now New York State from the Dutch in the late seventeenth-century they sought to bring political order to their empire through projects of environmental improvement. Orders for draining swamps and wetlands were often among the first projects they initiated. By ordering swamp and marshland drainage, officials sought to remake places they worried were unhealthy, unruly, and unproductive. At the same time, they expected to transform the Indigenous residents of those places.
The Hudson Area Library History Room in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History will host “Draining the Swampish Ground of Colonial New York,” a virtual talk by Kate Mulry set for Thursday, April 27th.
This presentation will highlight changing ideas about nature, governance, and public health in the early modern Atlantic World.
Kate Luce Mulry is a historian of science, medicine, and the environment in the early modern Atlantic world. She is an associate professor of history at California State University, Bakersfield and is the author of An Empire Transformed: Remolding Bodies and Landscapes in the Restoration Atlantic (New York University Press, 2021).
This program will take place from 6 to 7:30 pm, and will be held via Zoom. For more information or to register, click here.
Map of Amsterdam, 1685 courtesy The Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.