The Boss

I’ve been researching for my family history site and I came across something interesting. The Dutch that formed the first colonies in America had started one of the first governments. They wanted a nation not governed by royalty. The Dutch word for master is baas and it became a different connotation in the New World. As the New Amsterdam became NY when England took over, the word had a natural attraction for the English colonists because it distinguished a different power relationship. There wasn’t a class system, but there was someone in charge. “I’m not your master, lord, or sovereign, but I am your boss. Now get to work.” This became a quote.

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