Marriage: 1,660,008 - 660,043 Andriessen-Gerritsen

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Marriage in New Netherland was governed by the laws in place in the Dutch Republic. A promise to marry had the force of a legal contract, and, if broken, the faithless one could be prosecuted and forced to honor the promise. 

The painting above is :   The Marriage Contract by Joos van Crasebeeck.  TD

Click here for a video of Dr. Firth Haring Fabend discussing Dutch inheritance law as it related to women:

For interesting reading on the lives of women in New Netherlands and their marriages consider:
Land So Fair by Dr. Firth Haring Fabend

More related reading is available at: