The Netherlands

1614-1624: 400 years of Trade & Diplomacy between The Netherlands and the USA

This agreement with the Native Americans provided the foundation for the birth in 1614 of New Netherland, a trade region stretching from Delaware in the south to New England in the north.
From as early as 1611 Dutch traders had been in the region, helping build a robust network of trade with the Mohican and Mohawk groups that would eventually lead to the founding of the West Indies Company in 1621, and the establishment of a permanent Dutch colony at New Amsterdam in 1624.
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Adriaen Block & Hendrick Christiaenson Historische Werkgroep

The Adriaen Block and Hendrick Christianson’s Historische Workgroup (ABHC-HW) was initiated in 1994 by Hubert de Leeuw. In the ensuing years, much has happened. It began in 1992. While traveling for business in Seattle, Hubert made a side trip to Vancouver, British Columbia where he made a surprising discovery: New Netherland. He was intrigued, to say the least. As an entrepreneur and explorer by nature, he followed the path that had opened in front of him and found his way to Albany, New York and the Hudson River Valley. He has continued to explore and study the area and its history, making it an integral part of his life and a focus for his energy.
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