Schenectady: Frontier Village to Colonial City

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Schenectady began as a Dutch settlement and grew into a British and then American metropolis on the banks of the Mohawk River. Characteristically stubborn Dutchman battled over land ownership and clashed with newcomers during the early colonial days. Religious conflict erupted as Methodists struggled to overcome adversity, and Presbyterians and the Dutch Reform struggled to share a new and thriving community. At the same time, important developments took place. Construction of roads and waterways made the city the gateway to the west, and the founding of institutions such as Union College brought refinement to what had once been the rough-edged New World. Originally compiled in 1946 by city historian William B. Efner, this collection of essays by local historians captures the spirit and grit that shaped early Schenectady.
ISBN: 9781609492298
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 59
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Don Rittner is a historian, archeologist, environmental activist, educator and author living in the Capital District, Schenectady County, New York. He is currently the Schenectady county and city historian. Don is the author of over thirty books in science, history, computers and the Internet, including three encyclopedias. For seven years, he wrote a weekly history column for the Troy Record newspaper and now writes a history blog for the online Times Union ( He is president of the Onrust Project, which built the replica of the first Dutch yacht built in America in 1614. See Wikipedia for more information (
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