Going Dutch: A Visit to New Netherland


1609   Henry Hudson sails into New York Harbor and up the Hudson River, claiming the land for the Dutch.

1614   The Dutch establish Fort Nassau, their first fur trading post, in the present-day Port of Albany. It is flooded out 3 years later.

1624   The Dutch build Fort Orange near where Fort Nassau used to stand. 

1625   The Dutch purchase Manhattan Island from local American Indians and establish New Amsterdam. More forts follow in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

1629   Various patroons bring settlers to New Netherland. Kiliaen van Rensselaer settles people near Fort Orange.

1643   Arent van Curler builds "the best farm."

1652  The town of Beverwijck is established north of Fort Orange.

1664   The English take New Netherland from the Dutch. New names are assigned. Beverwijck becomes Albany, New Amsterdam becomes New York.

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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