Memorial to Henry Hudson: The Arrival of the Halve Maen, 1609
Overall (window bay): 164 1/2 x 84 1/2 in. (417.8 x 214.6 cm)
The window depicts Henry Hudson's discovery of the island of Manhattan in 1609. Hudson can be seen standing on the high poopdeck of his ship, the Halve Maen ("half Moon"). The Arms of the Netherlands, the country for whom he was sailing, can be seen in the border of the central upper section. On either side, fruits and flowers represent autumn and the land of plenty. In the upper corners are the arms of Old and New Amsterdam. The drops of oak leaves symbolize Hudson's strength and integrity. In the lower left-hand corner is the insignia of the Dutch East India Company, which financed the voyage. The lower border contains the Seal of the Daughters of Holland Dames, and in the lower right hand corner are the arms of New Netherlands.
Gift of the Society of the Daughters of Holland Dames of New York
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