Pieter knew that he was going to die. He ran through the forest where the night
shadows threatened to hold him as a sacrifice for the demons that pursued him.
The woodland floor was alive with growth that transformed the sane world into a
mythical beast. Sinewy arms and legs reached out to entangle Pieter’s feet as
he fled. He pounded the softness of the pine cover. His breathing was heavy. His
body ached. However, his pain was caused more by fear and dread than by
anything else. In the distance Pieter saw his farmhouse with its comforting
lanterns and the safety of the hearth. But he understood that he could not reach
his home. The Pequot raiders would find him. And so, they did.
As the raiders encircled him, Pieter doubled over, unable to catch his breath.
The blood on their knives and tomahawks was accentuated by hazy moonlight.
One raider flung his knife. The blade that pierced Pieter’s chest was hot fire. He
squirmed and cried out from pain until he saw a woman with golden hair. The
woman dashed into the thicket and stopped as the Pequot men assaulted her.
She ran two steps and was overcome by raiders giddy with menace. Pieter
struggled, screamed, but he was unable to save himself or the golden-haired
woman. Then, it ended as abruptly as it had begun.
Pieter yanked the knife from his chest and smashed his fist against the reality of
his bedroom wall. He jumped up from the bed and pushed his quilt away from
his wet body. He was panting heavily and welcomed the icy glow of the sky just
before dawn. For a moment, Pieter stopped to survey the room. He squinted into
the shadows and was quieted by the void of darkness. Once again, he had
experienced his nightmare, the one that taunted him and filled him with anger
and uneasiness. The dream always left apprehension as an aftertaste. And the
aftertaste always presented the same question. Did the images reflect horrors
of the past or was it a premonition of the future?
And so, the adventure begins….
The year is 1637. The place is the exotic wilderness of Dutch New Netherland.
Colonist Pieter Van Tyden is resigned to work a simple homestead until the
woman he loves is kidnapped by Indian raiders. His search for her becomes a
life of pain and glory that parallels the tumultuous colony he calls home.
Hunted by a crazed killer, Pieter finds refuge in exciting New Amsterdam, the
island of the Manhattan tribe, where he collides with corrupt politicians,
scheming businessmen, and a bored, rich seductress who plays a deadly game
Soon, he becomes exiled and must escape to uncharted and primitive Long
Island. There, he accepts a rigorous life with the Native Indians. He must survive
blizzards, disease and hurricanes. He encounters great whales of the Atlantic,
mysterious Fire Island, wild animals of the Hempstead Plains, unlawful English
settlers, even a sensuous healer accused of witchcraft.
After years of adventure, he is torn between two women and trapped between
Dutch soldiers and Native warriors in a confrontation destined to seal his fate
Dutchmen is a 12 episode action tale rich with the romance and colorful history
of an untamed colony where 10,000 men and women, saints and sinners,
visionaries, settlers and soldiers made an indelible impression upon the New
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A Tale of New Netherland
Previously published 1990
by Quoin Publishing
Stony Brook, New York
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:
TO NEW NETHERLAND
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