Van Dyck

The Van Dycks are a fictional family, with a common Dutch name, who are living in New Amsterdam at the opening of Rutherfurd's New York. Their descendants marry into the Master family, whose fortunes the novel traces up to the present day.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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