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The remarkable Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse arrived in New Amsterdam from Holland in 1659 a brash and ambitious twenty two year old bent on making her way in the New World She promptly built an empire of trading ships furs and real estate that included all of Westchester County The Dutch called such women she merchants and Margaret became the wealthiest in the colony while raising five children and keeping a spotless linen closet Zimmerman deftly traces the astonishing rise of Margaret and the Philipse women who followed her who would transform Margaret’s storehouse on the banks of the Hudson into a veritable mansion Philipse Manor Hall The last Philipse to live there Mary Philipse Morris—the It girl of mid 1700s New York—was even courted by George Washington But privilege couldn’t shelter the family from the Revolution which raged on Mary’s doorstep Mining extensive primary sources Zimmerman brings us into the parlors bedrooms countinghouses and parties of early colonial America and vividly restores a forgotten group of women to life


10 thoughts on “The Women of the House How a Colonial She Merchant Built a Mansion a Fortune and a Dynasty

  1. says:

    Hailing from New York and showing a sound appreciation for the history of Manhattan in both her non fiction works and novels Jean Zimmerman steps into the heart of colonial New Amsterdam and unmasks the history of a vintage home and the generations of a Dutch family who inhabited it She chronicles the lineage and life of Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse her daughters and ensuing ancestral legacy through the very home that the colonial matriarch’s entrepreneurial spirit thrived in This is without a doubt an unusual approach to a biography however Zimmerman’s work has the benefit of including a history of New Amsterdam from the mid seventeenth century through to the end of the American Revolution with the rise of early ManhattanDue to the fact that most of the resources and primary material relating to Margaret Philipse pertain to her financial records including inventory keeping taxes and loans obtained it makes sense that a solid portion of the book is dedicated to both the mansion known as Philipse Manor Hall and that of the culture of Dutch Manhattan Zimmerman at times speculates a bit too far on the feelings and emotions of Margaret and those occupying the manor but this is easily overlooked by the fascinating and altogether monumental differences between Dutch and British law pertaining to women Dutch women held the right to represent themselves in court inherit or even dispose of their property and partake in the daily economy and mercantile trade business—which is where Margaret would make a name for herself as a financial force to behold in Dutch occupied Manhattan The she merchant’s holdings included not only the Bergen land but also four substantial Manhattan properties Margaret took over too the active import export business she had built as a partnership with her husband The trade was lucrative heavy on tobacco and she probably could have sold her interest for cash taken on a partner or kept the operation at its current level—a good business thumping along at a manageable canter rather than an outright gallop But it was not Margaret’s desire to cash out or partner up Nor was she inclined to keep the business exactly as it was Adding to the one ship Pieter owned Margaret purchased two to expand her fleetAs the story comes to an end for Margaret and the spotlight is carried over to the later Philipse generations the audience may find themselves a bit confused with the uickened pace Indeed Zimmerman unfortunately changes focus to the subseuent yet trivial lives portrayed leaving the reader longing for what could have been instead a great solo biography of the matriarch and the estate she perfected Fortunately Mary Philipse Morris’ story as a Loyalist residing in Revolutionary New York is both fascinating and agonizing as her whole way of life and home country is changed in just the span of a few yearsWhen viewing the history of the manor as a whole it is rather miraculous to consider the commitment Zimmerman has kept consistently throughout her chronicle while using what few resources were available All things considered Zimmerman expertly depicts the history of a family and their residence a city on the brink of transition and the customs of the time period Illustrations are provided including a bird’s eye view of New Amsterdam and portraits of both Margaret and Mary Philipse—though unfortunately the book is lacking a viable Family Tree Read the Full Review and More


  2. says:

    In the 1600s the Dutch had a much progressive attitude toward women than the British Women were free to take part in most trades represent themselves in court dispose of their property as they wished even if they married When a person died the eldest male didn't inherit the most Daughters had the same rights as sons to the decedent's estate This attitude was also prevalent in New Amsterdam The British on the other hand considered women as basically chattel When they married everything they owned became the husband's In essence they returned to childhood A male inherited at least twice as much as a femaleMargaret Hardenbroeck created a fortune and a dynasty while New Amsterdam was held by the Dutch When the British took over the rights of women were inexorably decreased to that of British women While her daughters retained some of their power by being able to influence their husbands their legal rights essentially became non existent Her descendants chose the wrong side in the Revolutionary War and most of them had to continue life elsewhere in reduced circumstancesMy one complaint is 'foot end noting' There are no markings for notes So one doesn't know what is being noted unless one goes to the notes section to ascertain what phrase on which page is being noted


  3. says:

    This was one of the most mundane reads I've ever suffered After a promising first couple of chapters the author slowly began regurgitating events nothing Surviving the American Revolution became as dull as dish water Although there were some factual gems they in no way made up for the dispassionate rehashing of 17th and 18th century American history


  4. says:

    The first third of this book was really interesting Once the story moved on from Margaret I couldn't get back into it


  5. says:

    Fortunes come and fortunes go 17th century women were a strong breed The author did an amazing research job and I will never think about early New Amsterdam the same way


  6. says:

    As Winston Churchill said History belongs to the victor For the United States much of our history and concepts of life reflect the British domination of this land But there were many of cultures that helped build this nation and influenced its people This book by Jean Zimmerman focuses on the Dutch heritage of NY and mid Atlantic states As the title clearly states this book is about the women in a Dutch family and the power that they had and used The book begins very strong but falters as it progresses through younger generations Regardless of its faults this book will enlighten many Americans about the power and freedom that Dutch women had while British women lived under the yokes of their husbands


  7. says:

    I just could not get through this book It reads like a history book and is so bogged down with boring details I found myself skipping to any parts I could find with human interactions


  8. says:

    Very well written in great detail and historical accuracy


  9. says:

    The traditions of the DutchLet the women take on muchLike to own and trade and such


  10. says:

    Dense but in a good way Chock full of delicious facts about women in early America Zimmerman writes with her senses so there's rarely a dull moment