My family, the Van Der Vort clan was a part of this story. I own and have read repeatedly this book. I see my family in it, not just the Dutch, but also the Plymouth Rock visitors mentioned who are also my family. It was a delightful education to see that a major part of America's attitude on freedom comes from the Dutch and not the closed minded Puritans (my family who came from England.) I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know a whole lot more than we were ever taught back in our primary school days.