The White Whale

In 1647, residents of Fort Orange (today's Albany) were treated to a rare spectacle when a white whale appeared in the Hudson River.

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

The White Whale

In 1647, residents of Fort Orange were treated to a rare spectacle.

Proposed Coats of Arms of New Amsterdam and New Netherland

An anonymous artist prepared drafts of beavers and lions for the Heeren XIX to consider.

Flags of the West India Company

The Company flew flags emblazoned with GWC, for Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie.

Archivist E. B. O'Callaghan

The 19th-century archivist for New York State was also a medical doctor and a political rabble-rouser.

The Turk Anthony Jansen van Salee

One of New Amsterdam's leading troublemakers - a rascal and a horned beast said one neighbor.

Peter Schagen Letter

Ever hear the Dutch bought Manhattan for 60 guilders? Peter Schagen is the source.

The Lily among Thorns

A symbol of the Dutch Reformed Church originating in the rebellion against Spain.

Half Moon Geuzen Medal

The Geuzen medal is a Dutch symbol reflecting a long history of resistance to tyranny and oppression.

The Dutch Influence on Golf

The ancient Dutch game of colf likely influenced the formation of the modern game of golf.

Early Descriptions of New Netherland

It is difficult to imagine what the first glimpse of New Netherland was like for the seventeenth-century European. Contemporary writings give us some insight.

The Marks of Van Rensselaer

Although Amsterdam diamond merchant Kiliaen van Rensselaer never stepped foot on the North American continent, he managed to leave his mark there.

Beverwijck Proclamation

A 1648 jurisdictional dispute between the director of Rensselaerswijck and Petrus Stuyvesant, director-general of New Netherland, demonstrates the balance of power within New Netherland and the priorities of the WIC.

The Last Patroon

The life of Stephen van Rensselaer III, the final patroon of Rensselaerswijck, exemplified the passing of the great landed aristocracy in the state of New York.

The Act of Abjuration and the Declaration of Independence

De Nieu Nederlanse Marcurius

There were many imaginative suggestions for the name of the NNRC's quarterly 'Marcurius' newsletter. The name chosen has its roots in New Netherland.

The Dutch on the Delaware

Manhattan Island was not the first choice for the administrative center of New Netherland.

Archivist A.J.F. van Laer

A.J.F. van Laer is best known for his translations of the Colonial Manuscripts, work done before the disastrous State Library fire of 1911.

Violence at the Esopus

Trouble between the Dutch and the natives would result in two conflicts in the mid-Hudson Valley known as the First and Second Esopus Wars.

Constructing Wall Street

In response to a perceived English threat in 1653, plans were made to construct a defensive work across Manhattan on the northern edge of the city

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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