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- n. Plural form of patroonship.
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These grand estates, called patroonships, were granted to stockholders who promised to have fifty adults living on the estate within four years.
In the Dutch patroonships on the Hudson, settlers owed perpetual fealty to the patroon, and, more importantly, perpetual rent.
One of the great patroonships granted by the Dutch West India Company (p. 72) still remained in the Van Rensselaer family.
Settlements were soon attempted and patroonships created; but the chief industry of New Netherland was the fur trade.
 A number of these patroonships were established on the Hudson.
Many of the common people, who had never before owned a foot of land, now began to be discontented with the town lots which had fallen to their shares; others who had snug farms and tobacco plantations found they had not sufficient elbow-room, and began to question the rights of the Indians to the vast regions they pretended to hold -- while the good Oloffe indulged in magnificent dreams of foreign conquest and great patroonships in the wilderness.