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Dutch Surrender New Amsterdam to British

Founded in 1624 by the Dutch West India Company, New Amsterdam developed into the largest Dutch colonial settlement in the New Netherland territory. It remained in Dutch possession until 1664, when it fell provisionally into the hands of the English. The Dutch regained it in August 1673, renaming the city "New Orange," but permanently ceded New Netherland to the English in November 1674. New Amsterdam eventually became what major US city?



Aztec Codices

Among the best primary sources on Aztec culture, Aztec codices contain firsthand accounts of the civilization's history and religion. While the pre-Colombian codices are largely pictorial, later colonial era codices contain Aztec pictograms, as well as Aztec, Spanish, and occasionally Latin writings. Though there are few surviving pre-conquest codices, the tradition endured the transition to colonial culture, and about 500 such works survive today. What massacre is described in the Aubin Codex?

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Jim Henson

James Maury "Jim" Henson was one of the most important puppeteers in modern American television history. He was also a filmmaker and a television producer, but is most famous for creating the puppet group the Muppets, and was the leading force behind their long, creative run on the television shows Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, as well as in subsequent films. Henson created the prototype for his signature character, Kermit the Frog, from what discarded materials?

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