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Interpreting the Evidence

Copy of Abraham Clock's Bill for Carpentry Work, n.d.

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Colonial America (1630s - 1760)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Colonial America

  • Primary Source Types:

    Written Document

  • Regions:

    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
A copy of Abraham Clock's bill for carpentry work which is still in dispute, from a memorandum book kept by Antonio de Hooges, n.d.
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 a carpenter in a Dutch colony.