Going Dutch: A Visit to New Netherland


Breeches short pants

Loop holes openings through which a gun can be put through while the gun owner stays safe behind the fort wall

Palisade a wall made of wooden stakes

Tavern a place where alcoholic drinks are served

Vertical upright position

Horizontal level

Tiles rectangular pieces of fired clay used for roofing

Duffel coarse woolen cloth

Yellow brick brick brought in by the Dutch and used for walkways, chimneys, and decoration on houses. These were made in Europe from a different kind of clay than that usually found in the United States.

Gable narrow end wall of a building

Slate hard rock that breaks into thin smooth layers

Studs small knobs used to decorate a surface

Cistern a large receptacle for holding water

About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. More


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