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Emblematic Myths: Anneke's Fortune, Bogardus's Farewell, And Kieft 's Son

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This chapter presents three different myths, or elements of myths, focusing on persons from New Netherland history taken as emblematic for the cohesion and the destiny of a particular family group or kinship. These persons are Reverend Everardus Bogardus, since 1633 the second minister of the Reformed Church of New Amsterdam, his wife Anneke Jans, and their opponent Willem Kieft, the director of New Netherland for the Dutch West India Company (WIC) since 1638. The chapter concludes by a short assessment of the differences between these three types of fictional narrative and their meaning.

Keywords: Anneke Jans; myths; Reverend Everardus Bogardus; Willem Kieft



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