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1609 : Henry Hudson, in command of the East India Company ship Halve Maen, explores from Delaware Bay to the upper Hudson as far as present-day Albany.

1614 : The name New Netherland first appears in an official document; New Netherland Company licensed by the States General; fur trading post Fort Nassau established on Castle Island, present day Port of Albany.

New Netherland was a colony founded by the Dutch on the east coast of North America in the seventeenth century, which vanished when the English wrested control of it in 1664, turning its capital, New Amsterdam, into New York City.  It extended from Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the south.  It encompassed parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware.

New Netherland got underway at about the same time the Pilgrims were settling Cape Cod and the Jamestown colony was establishing itself in Virginia, but you wouldn't know that from most history books.

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1609 : Henry Hudson, in command of the East India Company ship Halve Maen, explores from Delaware Bay to the upper Hudson as far as present-day Albany.

1614 : The name New Netherland first appears in an official document; New Netherland Company licensed by the States General; fur trading post Fort Nassau established on Castle Island, present day Port of Albany.

New Netherland was a colony founded by the Dutch on the east coast of North America in the seventeenth century, which vanished when the English wrested control of it in 1664, turning its capital, New Amsterdam, into New York City.  It extended from Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the south.  It encompassed parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware.

New Netherland got underway at about the same time the Pilgrims were settling Cape Cod and the Jamestown colony was establishing itself in Virginia, but you wouldn't know that from most history books. More

 
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    Stuyvesant, Governor New York - 1646
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