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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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