A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English by Randall Balmer

By Randall Balmer

Interpreting the interplay of the Dutch and the English in colonial long island and New Jersey, this research charts the decline of ecu tradition in North the USA. Balmer argues that the mix of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and inner socio-economic tensions ultimately drove the Dutch clear of their hereditary customs, language, and tradition. He indicates how this technique, which performed itself out such a lot visibly and poignantly within the Dutch Reformed Church among 1664 and the yank Revolution, illustrates the trouble of holding non-English cultures and associations in an more and more English international. an ideal Babel of bewilderment redresses a few of the historiographical overlook of the center Colonies and, within the procedure, sheds new gentle on Dutch colonial tradition.

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25 But for the Leislerians this event fit into a larger pattern of Catholic intrigue in the colony. At least three Jesuit missionaries were active in New York in the 1680s. 27 Despite popular suspicions of popery, the New York colonial government openly honored James II. On October 2, 1688, Dongan (now retired) launched extended celebrations marking the birth of the Catholic prince of Wales. "The Great Gunns of the fort were fired, volleys of small shot from his Majesty's two Companys answearing them.

105 Although the sentiment behind this directive—the bias for wealthy magistrates—was nothing new or unusual, its forthright connection of religion and riches may have implied to Dutch communicants a collusion among the Dutch Reformed clergy, the political authorities, and the affluent. 106 The paradigm of church-state relations emerging since the English takeover looked even more troublesome. The impetuous and desultory appeals of the Dutch clergy to the English magistrates had served only to heighten animosity and suspicion among their communicants.

32 For the Leislerians, neither the magistrates nor the Dutch clergy showed sufficient fear of the French. 34 For the duration of their rule (June 1689 to March 1691), Leisler and Jacob Milborne, who married Leisler's daughter in 1691, enjoyed widespread popular support among the Dutch, who applauded their vigilance against the prospective retaliation of the papists. But the approbation was less than unanimous. "35 Leisler's rise to political power had displaced not only LieutenantGovernor Nicholson but also the three members of his council, all prominent Dutchmen and members of the Dutch Reformed Church: Frederick Philipse, Nicholas Bayard, and Stephanus Van Cortlandt, mayor of New York and Leisler's erstwhile adversary in the Van Rensselaer case.

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