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Re: Use of Dutch language at home and in community -1700s
Posted by: Joseph Dodge (ID *****8217) Date: January 11, 2003 at 12:17:08
In Reply to: Use of Dutch language at home and in community -1700s by James E. Clapp of 631

In her book "Rockland County New York in the 1790's", Jacquetta Haley wrote that "all needed to speak and understand English, the official language of the country, but many were more comfortable in Dutch, the language spoken in their homes." She also wrote that "during the early 19th century the traditional Dutch culture would remain strong, as indicated by the continued use of Dutch in the Dutch Reformed Church, but English was becoming the language of Rockland, just as it was the language of the rest of the state."

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