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Author Zimmerman, Jean.

Title The women of the house : how a colonial she-merchant built a mansion, a fortune, and a dynasty / Jean Zimmerman.

Published Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., [2006]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  974.71020922 ZIMM    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xv, 399 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-380) and index.
Contents Prologue: 1685 ix -- Part 1 1659-1691: Margaret -- 1 Her New World 3 -- 2 A Map of Manhattan 14 -- 3 Wild Diamonds 35 -- 4 A Wedding, a Child, and a Funeral on the Ditch 50 -- 5 Education of a She-Merchant 73 -- 6 A Marriage of Love and Trade 85 -- 7 Superior Authority Over Both Ship and Cargo 100 -- 8 House Margaret Built 127 -- 9 A Surfeit of Sugar 147 -- Part 2 1692-1783: Catherine, Joanna, Mary -- 10 Church of Catherine 169 -- 11 Not Doubting of Her Care 201 -- 12 Fashion Babies 222 -- 13 A Hard Winter and Hell 245 -- 14 A Castle on the Heights 277 -- 15 Fire in the Sky 307.
Summary "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: Her fleet of trading ships carried furs, sugar, and slaves around the globe and her real estate holdings stretched from Albany to Barbados. Women like her were known as "she-merchants," and Margaret became the wealthiest in the colony, while also raising five children and keeping a spotless linen closet." "In a narrative that challenges all our assumptions about colonial women, Jean Zimmerman traces the astonishing rise of Margaret and the generations of Philipse women who would later transform Margaret's storehouse on the banks of the Hudson into a stately mansion, called Philipse Manor Hall, that still stands today. In detail she animates the New York frontier these four very well-off women inhabited, taking us into the birthing chambers, genteel parlors, rowdy Manhattan markets, and cramped decks of transatlantic ships where they lived their everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs." "With a rich trove of unmined primary sources, Zimmerman gives a forgotten group of our foremothers a place at the colonial table."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Philipse, Margaret Hardenbroeck.
Philipse, Margaret Hardenbroeck -- Family.
Phillips family.
Women merchants -- New Netherland -- Biography.
Merchants -- New Netherland -- Biography.
New Netherland -- Biography.
New Netherland -- Commerce -- History.
New Netherland -- Social conditions.
New York (State) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Biography.
Standard Number 9780151010653
ISBN 015101065X