from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of western Netherlands on an inlet of the Ijsselmeer north-northeast of Amsterdam. Founded in 1311, it is a commercial and processing center for an agricultural region. Population: 68,200.


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  • Schouten named the cape "Hoorn," from his native city in Holland.

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  • At 5 o'Clock the weather being fair, and a light breeze at South, we weighed, but making little or no way against the Current, we soon came too again, in 28 fathoms, near a small Island not laid down in the Charts; Pulo Pare* (* Wapping Island is now known as Hoorn, and Pulo Pare as Agenietan Islands.

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  • In the next eight years, eighty such vessels—the “fluitschip”—were launched in Hoorn.

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  • Until … in 1594, a Dutch merchant, Pieter Jansz Liorne from the town of Hoorn, commissioned a ship that was four times as long as it was wide and with a much flatter bottom than the usual ships.

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  • The six kamers — Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zeeland, Delft, Hoorn, and Enkuizen — each had representatives among the Heren XVII.

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  • On October 11, 1614, merchants from the cities of Amsterdam and Hoorn formed the New Netherland Company, receiving a three-year monopoly for fur trading in the newly discovered region from the States General of the United Provinces.

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  • The expedition of about 30 individuals sailed from the town of Hoorn on the ship De Walvis The Whale.

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  • The demand for rare tulips increased so much that regular marts for their sale were established on the Stock Exchange of Amsterdam, in Rotterdam, Harlaem, Leyden, Alkmar, Hoorn, and other towns.

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  • Interred next to him were Jacob van Rij, Cornelis van Eerden and Jan Hoorn.


  • Cornelis van Eerden and Jan Hoorn were killed, the last Dutch casualties of the war in that community.



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