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New Amsterdam Incorporated as a City (1653)

In 1625, the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, in close proximity to the fur-rich forests bordering the Hudson River. Named Fort Amsterdam, it became the capital of New Netherland and was incorporated as the city of New Amsterdam a few decades later. In 1664, it was captured by the British and renamed New York. The Dutch retook the city in 1673, and before the British claimed it yet again, it was briefly known by what third name? More...
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New Amsterdam Incorporated as a City (1653)
In 1625, the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, in close proximity to the fur-rich forests bordering the Hudson River. Named Fort Amsterdam, it became the capital of New Netherland and was incorporated as the city of New Amsterdam a few decades later. In 1664, it was captured by the British and renamed New York.
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New Amsterdam - The 17th-century Dutch Colonial Centre
Let me give some funny historical notes here:
- During the 17th century (1650 to 1690) the relationship between Holland and Spain were very close and Spain's rival, Portugal, was putting lots of efforts in establishing a new country in lower equatorial portions of America continent.
- After the Holland Crown had established an impressive and well-located hub in North America (New Amsterdam), they turned their focus toward the Portuguese intentions on South America and stepped on it by invading a great portion of Northwest Brazil by which creating a huge colonial area comprised of 5 Brazilian States. By the way, Brazil was a Portuguese colonial area and not effectively a country back that time.
- During this time Portugal and Spain had formed a coalition called Iberian Union, and due to close relations between Spain and Holland, the invasion was tolerated by the Union, with a lot of regrets from Portugal side.
- For one decade the Brazilian Holland was riddled with wealthy industrial families came from Holland, many of which Jewish. The wealthy Jewish families from Europe flowed from there to Brazilian territory bringing business, many employment, and leverage for the local economy never seen until that time. Many of the businesses were connected to gems and precious stones like diamonds.
- Afterwhile, Portugal decided to put an end to the Union and went rogue as usual. As consequence, the Brazilian Holland went to be repelled until its end in 1640. One decade of prosperity was forced out of Brazilian Territory and seek another place to restart their lives.
- Eventually, they found a good place to keep their wealthy and prosperous business. An island that had been keeping by the Dutch Crown that was very hungry for new businesspeople there. New Amsterdam, the future English's New York.
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