An engraving of New Amsterdam.
Dutch colonial town on Manhattan Island: renamed (1664) New York by the British
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.
- (historical) The Dutch colonial settlement that later became New York City.