Historical Timelines

Trace the march of time through New Netherland


The Netherlands and Scandinavia in North America (text version)

A text timeline listing key events from the arrival of the Norsemen to the departure of the Dutch.


Historical Calendar

Events in the Dutch world to commemorate on days throughout the year. From January's signing of the Union of Utrecht to December's Sinterklaas.


Timeline, West India Company's First Decade, 1620-1630

Timeline of New Netherland and the Atlantic World in the West India Company’s First Decade Chartering of the West India, 1620-1630

Dutch Americans

Meet prominent Dutch Americans from original settlers to those who impact our world today


Peter Minuit

The man who "bought" Manhattan Island

Martin van Buren

The 8th President of the United States

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

U. S. Congressman from New Jersey

Additional Resources

Entertaining ways to learn more about the Dutch in America & around the globe


Peter Douglas's Totidem Verbis

Peter's column on people, places and miscellany in the Dutch world

Dutch Treats

Bite-size morsels for a taste of New Netherland & the Dutch World

Recommended Reading on New Netherland

A handful of books from a history in a nutshell to a riotous romp through New Amsterdam

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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