A horizontal band suspends portraits of people who have been touched in some way by migration to Flanders.
The participants represent a surprisingly diverse swath of society: first generation immigrants, contemporary settlers, Flemish Americans, and dignitaries, to name a few. The thoughts and emotions they conjure span an equally unpredictable range – ruminations on being an outsider, displacement, feeling torn between two worlds, facing the unknown, and hopes for new possibilities.
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The Flanders House exhibition on Governor’s Island in NYC can be visited through October 18.
400th anniversary of exploration of the Hudson River
In September of 1609 Henry Hudson sailed into what is now New York City with his boat the Halve Maen (Half Moon). An Englishman, Henry Hudson was the Netherlands on a mission with the Dutch East India Company.
From the New York Bay Henry Hudson began his exploration of the river, later named for him, reaching a point near present-day Albany, some 500 kilometers further on.
The island that is now known as Manhattan Island became a Dutch colonial settlement and was given the name of New Amsterdam.
The Belgian Peter Minuit bought Manhattan for $24
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