New York is alive; New York is bustling. This delightful city in the eastern part of the United States is worth a visit any time of the year. Here you can immerse yourself in the modern 24-hour economy, in a city where you as a tourist can’t believe your eyes.

Whether you walk on Times Square or stroll through Central Park. According to many, New York is for real one of the four world cities.

The amazing Dutch history of New York

Anyone visiting modern New York can hardly imagine that Dutch people once walked around here four centuries ago. New York is then a wild open field, without any buildings. In 1621 Dutch people arrive here, of whom we don’t know too much; the fur traders.

Who can do little with the land that looks empty. Incidentally, those “famous” Dutch are convincing French-speaking, Protestant refugees from present-day Belgium. That then belonged to the Netherlands.

The story that Dutch traders in the seventeenth century exchanged New York (then called New Amsterdam) for Suriname is almost known. A story that is not true by the way. It was not a trade, but a forced sale. This past did lay the foundation for a mix of cultures that New York still lives on. Exploring the city is a cultural discovery in itself.

Roaming the streets of New York.
Roaming the streets of New York.

The Dutch heard of this area through the Italian Giovanni da Verrazzano, who was the first explorer to set foot here. That was already in 1524, while in 1609 the Dutch East India Company (VOC) sends the Englishman Henry Hudson to explore the area. He sails up the river and discovers the present-day Manhattan. Later the Hudson River was named after him.

Trade with the Indians

While the English tried to set up agriculture a little further north, the Dutch mainly traded fur with the Indians. A very lucrative business. In 1626 the merchant Peter Minuit buys the land on present-day Manhattan from the local Indians. He gives them trinkets worth no more than 60 guilders.

The slow-growing city is called New Amsterdam. Villages and farms have sprung up everywhere, but new settlers are scarce. Things are going far too well at home for that, while the future is uncertain here. There are still memories of this past to be found, as the Walstraat degenerates into the world-famous Wall Street.

Governor Peter Stuyvesant

The Dutch are headed by Governor Peter Stuyvesant. In 1664 they are overpowered by the English. Who rename the town New York, after the Duke of York. In 1673 the Dutch conquered the city again, this time it is called New Orange. After which the second Dutch-English war broke out. At the Peace of Westminster in 1674 it was definitively handed over to the English. In exchange for Suriname, although the Dutch actually have no choice.

Today New York is a vibrant metropolis. Where there is plenty to do 24 hours a day. A city with a lot of cultures, but also a striking amount of nature. You will be amazed.

More information: www.nycgo.com

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