New Amsterdam

[ am-ster-dam ]
/ ˈæm stərˌdæm /

noun

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam

noun

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

New Amsterdam

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

notes for New Amsterdam

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.
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