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- n. The position or office of a patroon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The office of a patroon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The privileges or position of a patroon.
In 1685, the patroonship of Van Rensselaer became an English manor, with some 850,000 acres.
But to its chagrin, the settlers would buy very few; and even the company's grant of great patroonship estates failed to promote a plantation régime.
The most successful patroonship was the Van Rensselaer (ren'se-ler) estate on the Hudson near Albany.
 The first patroonship was Swandale, in what is now the state of
Killian Van Rensellaer was a nine day's wonder in New Amsterdam, for he carried a high head, looked down upon the portly, short-legged burgomasters, and owned no allegiance to the governor himself; boasting that he held his patroonship directly from the Lords States General.
Helderberg, and have well nigh shaken the great patroonship of the Van
Killian Van Rensellaer, who had come out from Holland to found a colony or patroonship on a great tract of wild land, granted to him by their Hight
After consulting with his burgomasters, he dispatched a letter to the patroon of Rensellaerwick, demanding by what right he had seized upon this island, which lay beyond the bounds of his patroonship.
The modern Spanish word padron, meaning an employer of indentured labor, captures the economic structure of patroonship; Mr. Collins’s simperings about his “patroness,” Lady Catherine de Bourgh, in Pride and Prejudice capture the social flavor.
[Footnote 345: The patroonship of Rensselaerswyck was founded in 1630 by Kiliaen van Rensselaer of Amsterdam.
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