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New Amsterdam

(Encyclopedia) New Amsterdam, Dutch settlement at the mouth of the Hudson River and on the southern end of Manhattan island; est. 1624. It was the capital of the colony of New Netherland from 1626 to?

Van Twiller, Wouter

(Encyclopedia) Van Twiller, Wouter, fl. 1632?1640, Dutch director-general of New Netherland. A nephew of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, he was appointed to succeed Peter Minuit and arrived in New Amsterdam?


(Encyclopedia) antipodes [Gr.,=having feet opposite], people or places diametrically opposite on the globe. Thus antipodes must be separated by half the circumference of the earth (180), and one?

Kieft, Willem

(Encyclopedia) Kieft, Willem v?l?m k?ft, 1597?1647, Dutch director-general of New Netherland. Arriving in New Amsterdam in 1638 to succeed Wouter Van Twiller, Kieft immediately assumed absolute?

Philipse, Frederick

(Encyclopedia) Philipse, Frederick f?l?ps, 1626?1702, merchant and landowner in colonial America, b. Holland. He went (1647) with his family to New Amsterdam, where he became wealthy as a merchant.?

Van Cortlandt, Jacobus

(Encyclopedia) Van Cortlandt, Jacobus j?k?b?s v?n krtl?nd, 1658?1739, colonial American merchant, b. New Amsterdam (later New York City); brother of Stephen Van Cortlandt. He served (1710 and 1719?

Allerton, Isaac

(Encyclopedia) Allerton, Isaac ?l?rt?n, c.1586?1659, Pilgrim settler in Plymouth Colony. Possibly a London tailor, he was a merchant in Leiden before going to America on the Mayflower. From 1626 to?

Minuit, Peter

(Encyclopedia) Minuit, Peter m?nyo?o?t, c.1580?1638, first director-general of New Netherland, b. Wesel (then the duchy of Cleves). Sent by the Dutch West India Company to take charge of its?

Stuyvesant, Peter

(Encyclopedia) Stuyvesant, Peter st?v?s?nt, c.1610?1672, Dutch director-general of New Netherland. He served as governor of Curaao and lost a leg in an expedition against St. Martin before?

Bowery, the

(Encyclopedia) Bowery, the bou?r?, ?r? [Dutch Bouwerie=farm], section of lower Manhattan, New York City. The Bowery, the street that gives the area its name, was once a road to the farm of New?