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City of GodsReligious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens$
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R. Scott Hanson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271597

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271597.001.0001

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Religion in Vlissingen (Flushing) from 1645 to 1945

Religion in Vlissingen (Flushing) from 1645 to 1945

(p.31) 1 Religion in Vlissingen (Flushing) from 1645 to 1945
City of Gods

R. Scott Hanson

Fordham University Press

Chapter One begins after World War II in October 1945 at Bowne House, built in 1661 and the oldest house in Queens, for the 300th anniversary, or tercentenary, of Flushing. This moment is then used to flash back to 1645 and connect the tercentenary to the colonial context and founding of Flushing (or Vlissingen in Dutch New Netherland), its town charter that granted religious freedom (or liberty of conscience as it was then known), the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657, John Bowne’s arrest and exile by Peter Stuyvesant, and Bowne’s successful appeal to the Dutch West India Company in 1662. The chapter also traces the history of religious, racial, and ethnic pluralism in Flushing from the late seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century and the consolidation of Queens with New York City in 1898.

Keywords:   Bowne, John, Bowne House, Flushing, Flushing Remonstrance, liberty of conscience, New Netherland, Quakers, religious freedom, Stuyvesant, Peter, Vlissingen

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