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New Amsterdam

[am-ster-dam] /ˈæm stərˌdæm/
a former Dutch town on Manhattan Island: the capital of New Netherland; renamed New York by the British in 1664.
a city in NE Guyana, on the Berbice River.

New Netherland

a Dutch colony in North America (1613–64), comprising the area along the Hudson River and the lower Delaware River. By 1669 all of the land comprising this colony was taken over by England.
Capital: New Amsterdam. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The province passed into the hands of the Dutch of New Amsterdam, however, in 1655.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • So I took my son and came here with other voyagers to your colony of New Amsterdam.

    The New Land

    Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • The fuller the purse, the richer and gayer were the petticoats of the New Amsterdam dames.


    Marie D. Webster
  • The history then terminates with the surrender of New Amsterdam to the British.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • In 1643 it was reported that eighteen languages were spoken in New Amsterdam.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • "To New Amsterdam for a little peace and quiet," he said testily.

    A Traveler in Time August Derleth
  • "I am a visitor in New Amsterdam," he said, standing obediently still.

    A Traveler in Time August Derleth
  • It appeared, to hear him tell it, that he had been off visiting the Dutch in New Amsterdam.

    A Traveler in Time August Derleth
British Dictionary definitions for New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam

the Dutch settlement established on Manhattan (1624–26); capital of New Netherland; captured by the English and renamed New York in 1664

New Netherland

a Dutch North American colony of the early 17th century, centred on the Hudson valley. Captured by the English in 1664, it was divided into New York and New Jersey
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New Amsterdam in Culture

New Amsterdam definition

A city founded by Dutch settlers in the seventeenth century on the present site of New York City.

Note: An early governor of the Dutch colony surrounding New Amsterdam bought Manhattan Island, the present center of New York City, from the Native Americans for twenty-four dollars' worth of jewelry.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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