New York's Colonial Dutch History: An Education Resource from the New York State Archives

This is an education resource created by the New York State Archives--with funding from the Dutch Consulate and support from NNI--to provide teachers with document sets and lesson plans highlighting New York's Dutch colonial history.

The resource explores both the global nature of the Dutch colonial experience and life in New Netherland, specifically Rensselaerswyck, Beverwyck and Fort Orange. Documents and paintings are from the New York State Archives, New York State Library, and other repositories throughout the United States and Europe. All the documents are free for educational use.


Global Case Study


Life in a Dutch Colony

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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By supporting NNI you help increase awareness of the 17th century Dutch colony of New Netherland and its legacy in America.