New NetherlandNew Neth·er·land
Dutch colony (1613-64) on Manhattan Island & along the Hudson River: taken by England & divided into the colonies of New York & New Jersey
A Dutch colony in North America along the Hudson and lower Delaware Rivers. The first settlement was made at Fort Orange (now Albany, New York) in 1624, although the colony centered on New Amsterdam at the tip of Manhattan Island after 1625-1626. New Netherland was annexed by the English and renamed New York in 1664.