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August 2017

“Visiting the new Republic in 1783-84: Travel diary of Carel de Vos van Steenwijk, member of the first official foreign delegation to the United States of America.” Part I: The special relationship between the Republic of the Dutch Provinces and the Republic of America: Political background, a dangerous ocean crossing, and the inauguration of George Washington. With Maria Rose

August 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209
Kingston, NY 12401 United States
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$7.00

Carel de Vos van Steenwijk left Amsterdam at the end  of June 1783 to accompany the first Dutch Ambassador to the United States, Pieter van Berckel, on his trip to the new American Republic. The 24-year-old De Vos, from a large and influential noble family in the eastern Netherlands, had no official position in the Embassy but was simply part of the entourage which was intended to lend luster to this historic occasion. In this capacity, De Vos took part…

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