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suellen-ocean's picture
Mar.14.2014
It's interesting that Beatle mania was used to describe the lads from England when they broke into the hearts of North Americans. There is an expression for an excessive fondness for English styles, music, customs, etc.; it's called "Anglo-mania." Isn't there another expression called the "Beatles...
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Mar.04.2014
You cannot blame Arabic agriculturalists for trying to maintain their hold on the coffee trade. During the medieval era there was a tremendous amount of botanical espionage and thievery. Delicious Arabian coffee from Mocha, with its stimulating effect, must have brought a good price, and lust from...
james-buchanan's picture
Feb.25.2014
One of the funniest stories I have ever read (or heard read) is David Sadaris' 6 to 8 Black Men, which is his take on the Dutch Christmas fable. I love it because it's funny, but also because it displays a very unique cultural trait of the Dutch as well as American's standard self centeredness as...
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Feb.12.2014
Dateline, Sochi: Where in the world are the Dutch. For goodness sake they are third in overall medal count at the Olympics and yet Americans, from our TV coverage, would believe Holland doesn't exist. The Dutch have been speed skating phenoms and are garnering huge attention in Europe, especialy...
mark-j-janssen's picture
Nov.22.2012
  When I was a child we lived in a house that looked like an old Dutch farm house.  Since we were one of the few families in town who were Dutch, it made sense. The house was a crazy quilt.  Our basement was like an old root cellar.  To go there we had to go out the back door,...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jul.16.2012
 Just as today, medical breakthroughs are top secret until a patent is obtained, so it was during the Middle Ages for the powerful medicines obtained from natural sources. Historical records show that an Indian man was imprisoned for providing to the Dutch, seeds from the cinchona tree (the...
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Jun.27.2012
We have a period in history where European Colonists along the Atlantic coast, on occasion, lived peacefully with their Native American neighbors. The European men (especially Trappers) sometimes took Native American women for their wives. A Native American woman, who spoke in her native tongue and...
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Jun.06.2012
A few years ago, I was looking at Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar. Africa looked enormous and I felt minuscule, like the grain of sand in Ingrid Jonker’s poem. Part of its population still speaks Afrikaans, a language closely related to Dutch. Wikipedia provides a sample sentence: De man wat...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.28.2011
The lure of new oceans, the availability of unspoiled forests plump with resources and islands bursting with spices brought several European powers to exploit, but Queen Elizabeth I’s shrewd politicking and her ability to enlist the services of her nation’s most capable and loyal subjects enabled...
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Oct.19.2011
Back in the 1500s the Dutch had the VOC - Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (United East India Company). I believe this was the first stock "exchange". Investors would get together, and commission ships to voyage and bring back spices, cloth, herring, wheat, etc. The VOC was where you went to...