New Amsterdam

The name given by the Dutch to their seventeenth century trading post on Manhattan. The total territory in the region under the Dutch governor's control was called New Netherland. The first chapter of Rutherfurd's New York, in which the English arrive to disrupt Dutch rule, is entitled 'New Amsterdam'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The award for shortest reign in history goes to…Louis-Antoine Duke of Angoulême of France ! Louis XIX ruled for approximately 20 minutes – the time between when his father Charles X of France signed abdication papers in 1830 and the moment he too wielded a quill, signing away his rights to the throne.




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