An engraving of New Amsterdam.
New Amsterdam definition by Webster's New World
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Dutch colonial town on Manhattan Island: renamed (1664) New York by the British
New Amsterdam definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A settlement established in 1624 by the Dutch at the mouth of the Hudson River on the southern end of Manhattan Island. It was the capital of New Netherland from 1626 to 1664, when it was captured by the British and renamed New York.
New Amsterdam - Cultural Definition
A city founded by Dutch settlers in the seventeenth century on the present site of New York City.
- 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.