from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A Dutch colony in North America along the Hudson and lower Delaware rivers. The first settlement was made at Fort Orange (now Albany, New York) in 1624, although the colony centered on New Amsterdam at the tip of Manhattan Island after 1625-1626. New Netherland was annexed by the English and renamed New York in 1664.
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- n. a Dutch colony in North America along the Hudson and lower Delaware rivers although the colony centered in New Amsterdam; annexed by the English in 1664
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They were so dadgum Dutch, boys, that when Alex Hamilton ran for governor of New Amsterdam and John Adams ran for president of the United States, they both did better in the Dutch parts of New Netherland than they did among the Scotch and Irish. "
The Dutch could see that most of the immigrants to America were English and Irish and Scotch, and they didn't want to be swallowed up -- so Old Ben allowed them to divide New Netherland into three colonies so they'd have more votes in the Congress.
(Newark, 1867-1900); ZWIERLEIN, Religion in New Netherland