Interpreting the Evidence
Carpenter's Hut by Allart van Everdingen, c. 1645-1656
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Carpenter’s Hut, an etching by Allart van Everdingen, c.1645-1656.
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.
How did carpenters contribute to the growth of the colony?
Check for Understanding
Explain the role of the carpenter in the community.