Press Release: (soon to be included at: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/ ) COLLABORATIVE WEB SITE CHRONICLES EARLY DUTCH EXPLORATION AND SETTLEMENT OF NORTH AMERICA The Dutch presence in America from Henry Hudson's voyage of 1609 to the sale of New Amsterdam to the British in 1664 and the Dutch influence in America are the subjects of a new Web site developed by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the National Library of the Netherlands. The site is the first stage of an ongoing project, The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands, being carried out under a cooperative agreement signed by the two institutions earlier this year. The site will be available at URL http://international.loc.gov/intldl/awkbhtml/awkbhome.html from November 17, 2003. A companion site at the National Library of the Netherlands is available at http://www.geheugenvannederland.nl and is part of the National Library's Memory of the Netherlands project. The Atlantic World is bilingual, in English and Dutch, and is intended for use in schools and libraries and by the general public in both countries and around the world. It includes more than 70 items totaling some 11,737 images from the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Library of the Netherlands, and six other Dutch institutions that are cooperating with the National Library on the project: the National Archives, the Municipal Archives of Amsterdam, the Plantage Library of the University of Amsterdam, and the National Maritime Museum. Among the items digitized for the project are a letter describing the purchase of Manhattan from the Native Americans in 1626, an etching of the Mohawk Sychnecta, early land grants and patents from Dutch settlers, 17th century maps, and an early description of the Dutch colony on the eve of its transfer to the British. The Atlantic World is part of the Library's Global Gateway initiative of digital library collaborations with leading libraries and cultural institutions from around the world. Other Global Gateway projects are underway or planned with libraries in Russia, Brazil, Spain, Japan, France, and Egypt. The Library of Congress, founded April 24, 1800, is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. It preserves a collection of 115 million items -- more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books. These include the largest map and film and television collections in the world. In addition to its primary mission of serving the research needs of the U.S. Congress, the Library serves all Americans through its popular Web site (www.loc.gov) and its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill.