Posted By:Alice Carmel
Subject:Re: Fonda origin is Trieste - Italia
Post Date:October 02, 2000 at 20:38:53
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Forum:Fonda Family Genealogy Forum
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Dear Robert,
I realized after I posted the historical info on Venice as a trading center, etc, that it wouldn't apply to the question of how the surname Fonda went from Italy to the Netherlands, since the Dutch navy presence in Venice would have been male. (i.e., it couldn't be by the route of marriage of a Dutch sailor with a lady with surname Fonda!)In studying one of my other ancestral lines, I had read about the first Italian who came to New Amsterdam, Pietro Caesare Alberti, who signed on as a sailor with the Dutch West India company, then jumped ship in America because he was not being paid and argued with the captain. He married a Flemish woman in New Amsterdam. I believe there are several good urls for reading about medieval and renaissance history in Italy. One of them is the Medici Archive Project. Another is at Fordham University's website. You can also visit the medieval genealogy forum on usenet (at your historical interest is tied to the genealogical questions. There are some academic experts there.
Good luck! And thanks for your study of the travels of the surname Fonda. I'd be interested to know a reference for the story of the de la Fonda who left Spain during the Inquisition--do you know where I could find more about him? Alice Carmel, Cambridge, MA