Entitled “Gay New Amsterdam: The Queer Case of Harmen van den Bogaert,” Dramer outlines how homosexuality was punishable by death for the Dutch settlers, leading a pair of men to flee from the colonies to the Indians who welcomed them. But the Dutch, in pursuit of the two men, burned down an Indian storehouse, prompting the Indians to seek reparations from the Dutch authorities. The article’s an interesting read, and filled with historical detail, including a reference to the so-called “Purchase of Manhattan,” featuring a small video from the concert opera!
I wanted to mention too, that Dramer has written about the Mohicans previously in her article “Celebrating July 4th in NYC: Remembering the Stockbridge Indian Massacre in Van Cortlandt Park,” featured in the Untapped Cities “Arts & Entertainment” section. The article covers the story of Stockbridge Mohicans fighting for the American Revolution in what is now the Bronx.
Thank you Kim Dramer for your including the Purchase of Manhattan opera in your article, and for championing the Stockbridge Mohicans in your work!