In 2009 the official presentation of Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations, 1609-2009 was attended by, amongst others, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, who was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s godchild, and FDR’s great-grandson, Scott Michael Roosevelt.
Henry Hudson’s remarkable discovery of Manhattan in 1609 was commemorated on both sides of the Atlantic with the publication of the comprehensive 1200-page book. The volume was published both in the U.S. (State University of New York Press, Albany) and in the Netherlands (Boom, Amsterdam).
In the US the book was presented to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York, folllowed by presentations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Library of Congress, both in Washington DC, at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., at Hope College, Michigan and at Columbia University in New York. Among the many books published over the years on Dutch-American relations, this volume is generally considered to be the landmark study on this topic.