By K. Boterbloem
Dutch Sailmaker and sailor Jan Struys' (c.1629-c.1694) account of his a variety of in a foreign country travels grew to become a bestseller after its first e-book in Amsterdam in 1676, and was once later translated into English, French, German and Russian. This new booklet depicts the tale of its author's lifestyles in addition to the 1st singular research of the Struys textual content.
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An unwavering sense of a national identity was not felt by all Dutchmen. 97 In other areas of culture,98 such as its populace’s high level of literacy and widespread education, the Republic reached a unique level of development for its day. But in the second half of the seventeenth century declining economic buoyancy was accompanied by waning cultural vibrancy. 101 But until the 1720s the Republic’s culture continued to show dynamic sides. 106 Olearius was the most important source for Reysen’s ghostwriter, and Reysen seems to model itself after the Holsteiner’s treatise in an attempt to appeal to the empiricist vogue that swept the Dutch Republic after 1650.
70 This tour served as a happy pretext to supply a sort of geographic summary of seas and shores in Reysen’s pages. Struys’s vessel eventually set course again for the Dardanelles to resume battle with a resurgent Turkish navy and army that tried to reconquer Tenedos. Several minor skirmishes in the early phase of this campaign went the Venetian way: during one of them a Barbary ship commanded by a Dutch renegade captain surrendered to the Venetians. 71 Native Dutch sailors who had converted to Islam served in the Turkish navy in some number.
70 Individualism was most pronounced among the economic and cultural (and literate) elite, but even in his increasing use of a personalized last name, Jan Janszoon Struys seems to have been affected by this greater emphasis on personal identity. 71 Especially from 1668 onwards, Jan Struys began to consider himself more than a mere cypher, as we will see in the next chapters. 72 Strong feelings of duty and loyalty to their country infused most Dutch, and their most powerful economic and political leaders exhibited paternalistic responsibility for their poorer or weaker compatriots.