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Interpreting the Evidence

Carpenter's Hut by Allart van Everdingen, c. 1645-1656

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Eras:

    Colonial America (1630s - 1760)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Colonial America

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  • Regions:

    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
Carpenter’s Hut, an etching by Allart van Everdingen, c.1645-1656.
Historical Context
The Dutch colony of New Netherland included a vast amount of virgin forests. These forests provided the raw materials for a thriving shipbuilding and saw mill industry. However, the Dutch West India Company was not interested in turning the colony into a producer of finished products. The benefits of the wood industry in New Netherland were limited to a small shipbuilding enterprise and the construction of housing.
Essential Question
How did carpenters contribute to the growth of the colony?
Check for Understanding
Explain the role of the carpenter in the community.