Should profiles of settlers of the colony of New Sweden be part of the Sweden Project or the New Netherland Project?
I started the New Sweden project because I formerly had no idea this colony existed, but it's a large part of my heritage (at least six forefathers so far).
At one time, it seemed to me New Sweden profiles should fall under NNS and I asked about it on this page. Yet, the more I read about the period (I'm enjoying The Rise and Fall of New Sweden by Dahlgren and Norman at the moment), the more I believe this should be a Swedish project, as its people were Swedish (which at the time included Finland) and they married other Swedes. I'm not seeing a lot of Dutch intermarriage so far. The sources a New Sweden researcher would use to track their ancestors are different than a NNS researcher would use and primary sources are in Swedish as well. For secondary sources, we have the journal of the Swedish Colonial Society and other works by Peter Craig.
From my understanding, the colony was active for 17 years under Sweden, then fell to the Dutch in 1655, who had it nine years before New Netherland fell to the English the first time in 1664. (Not sure the status of the Delaware River area from 1664-1673, New Castle at least was apparently under English control after that point?). Until the Quakers came to the area, they remained linguistically, genealogically, and culturally distinct and governed themselves under the Upland Court. Some families retained this Swedishness into the 19th century and continued to attend Swedish language churches before the old ways died out.
I have nothing but respect for the New Netherland project. I'm asking this question today because it's confusing to see a "New Netherland Settler" template with a Dutch flag on a profile of a Finn or Swede who settled in New Sweden and would have considered the Dutch his occupiers (not that some weren't mistreated by Printz). If the consensus is to fly the Dutch flag over these people, so be it, they did lose. Is there any way we can allow them some distinct identity though? What about settlers who died before or during the Dutch takeover (at least four forefathers)? The Dutch flag doesn't make sense for them.
Thank you for helping sort this out, I appreciate it. : )