The Dutch Founding of New York

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They were owned by the WIC, which was responsible for bringing them to the Dutch colony. The traces from the Dutch founders have largely disappeared from New York, but there are still remnants from later settlers such as the 17th century Wyckhoff House in Brooklyn and the 18th century Dyckman House on Manhattan island.

However, the Dutch legacy can clearly be seen in the large number of Dutch, Dutch-related or derived place names around the city. Have you stumbled across a Dutch-sounding name somewhere in the world where you least expected it? Born as a Swede in the Netherlands, this life-long expat has spent his time in Belgium, the United States and Amsterdam. He began his professional career as a regional news Tom Schryer 11 October Expat Info Articles.

The Dutch heritage of New York 0. The Dutch history of New York From the 17th century onwards, the Dutch explorers and colonists created settlements on many continents across the globe and used place names from back home to add some familiarity to a strange new world. New Amsterdam In Dutch settlers founded Nieuw-Amsterdam as the capital of Nieuw-Nederland on the island of Manna-hata , which according to the Native Americans meant "island of many hills". Author Thomas Lundberg. Read more.


Log in to post comments. But the Dutch colonial period had even more long-lasting, albeit less tangible, influences. Certainly, although not often acknowledged, the Dutch colonial period left its mark on American culture, but it is especially evident in communities that had a Dutch-American majority like Kings County. Dutch colonists settled in the area that originally belonged to Canarsee Indians not long after founding New Amsterdam in The first-known land deed for this part of Long Island was from June 16, , when Andries Hudden and Wolphert Gerritsz obtained land there.

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After the colony came under English control, Kings County remained a stronghold of Dutch-American culture. Whereas Dutch descendants in Manhattan often married into English families, Kings County men and women of Dutch descent tended to intermarry with other Dutch descendants in Kings County or northern New Jersey, where some Kings County families settled over the course of the eighteenth century. By keeping their communities relatively homogenous, they were able to sustain their Dutch-American ways of life throughout much of the eighteenth century.

Today, the persistence of Dutch culture in Brooklyn is most easily noticeable in its neighborhood and street names, Middagh Street for example was named after the prominent Dutch-American Middagh family, and in the eighteenth-century buildings that have been preserved, such as the Hendrick I. Lott and Wyckoff homes.

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In fact, the Brooklyn conference will be held at the Old Stone House, one of the oldest Dutch-American homes that still stands in Brooklyn today. In , Hendrick Claessen Vechte, a carpenter, wheelwright, and farmer of Dutch descent, built the home in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Two roads, now known as Whitehall and Pearl streets, and two canals, now covered by the pavements of Broad and Beaver streets, formed the limits of the settlement.

In spite of difficulties, the town grew. A new fort, girded with stone, was constructed.

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Peace was made in Peter Stuyvesant arrived in to succeed Kieft.