Book Review: ‘The Island at the Center of the World’ by Russell Shorto

The Island at the Center of the World The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey made headlines over the weekend by vetoing 22 bills passed by his state’s legislature. He claims he vetoed these bills because Arizona lawmakers need to pass a budget and have it on his desk ASAP. But is that the real reason?

Also, I am down to the last little bit of Russell Shorto’s ‘The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America.‘ 

Let’s take some time to unpack how the attitudes and organization of the Dutch imprinting themselves early-on in the colony of New Netherlands and the trading port of New Amsterdam helped to shape how the 13 colonies ultimately came together to form The United States of America as we know it today.

If one looks closely, one can almost see current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the comedians at Saturday Night Live in the 17th century historical sketch Shorto provides.

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