Region:  North America

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Historical Overview

New Netherland—now New York

  • 1609: Henry Hudson is sent by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) to find a northwest passage
  • 1614: patents are issued by the Dutch States General for the private settlement of Nieu Nederland
  • 1614–1617: Fort Nassau is built far up the Hudson River
  • 1618: Fort Nassau is destroyed by flood
  • 1624: Fort Nassau is resettled as Fort Orange, in Beverwijck (Albany). New Netherland becomes a province of the Dutch Republic; the first colonists arrive on Noten Island.