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New Netherland and Maryland

New Netherland and Maryland

(Period: Early America)


For a brief synopsis of the history of this time and period: Click Here.

Historical synopsis courtesy of A Hypertext on American History from the colonial period until Modern Times by Department of Humanities Computing, University of Groningen, The Netherlands and the former United States Information Agency (1953-1999).

Key Facts:

  • Manhattan was purchased from Indians for $24 and renamed New Amsterdam.
  • Maryland's first legislature met in 1635.

Key Events:

  • Settlement began on the island of Manhattan (of present day New York City) in the 1620s.

Key People:

  • Henry Hudson - English explorer of the New York City area after whom the Hudson river is named
  • Iroquois Indians - a group of tribes that were heavily involved in the fur trade.



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