Interpreting the Evidence
Copy of Abraham Clock's Bill for Carpentry Work, n.d.
Suggested Teaching Instructions
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.
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 a carpenter in a Dutch colony.