Commemorating the founding of the First Multi-national city in North America
The 400th Anniversary of the Unity of the City of New York
SEPTEMBER, 2024

PICNIC ON GOVERNOR"S ISLAND

Commemorating the 400th
By the year 1664, and for the first time in North America, different nationalities—the Indigenous American people, every European country, and the African enslaved—lived and built a community together in one place. We are commemorating how these diverse cultures became 'one' and created the City of New York

The 400th Anniversary Commemorating the
Founding and the Unity of the City of New York

In 1624, the Dutch West India Company brought 30, predominantly French Huguenot, families on the ship, New Netherland, to establish the first Dutch settlement in America on Nutten (now Governors) Island off the southern tip of Manhattan. The following year in 1625, Fort Amsterdam was constructed a short distance across the water on Manhattan Island where the current Customs House on Bowling Green is now situated. In 1626, Peter Minuit negotiated with the indigenous Lenape People the right to use Manhattan Island which ensured a permanent settlement there.

By the time the colony of New Amsterdam was taken over by the British in 1664, it had grown to 9,000 people, the majority of whom were Dutch, English, Welsh, Irish, Scots, German, French Huguenots, Sephardic Jews, Africans, and many other nationalities in between.

The history of this colony is rich with greatness and good and, like any other culture, is riddled with sadness and sin. The upcoming events are meant to honor and commemorate all of their stories; the triumphs, struggles, sacrifices, oppressions, successes, and greatness. Even though New Amsterdam was a Dutch colony, the diversity of people instinctively integrated their cultures together. There were conflicts along the way, but ultimately they united and built a new city in a new land.

Join us in sharing the history of this great city in our upcoming events.

Timeline

1609
Explorer & Captain
HENRY HUDSON

The Captain of the Halve Maen explored and laid the groundwork for Dutch colonization of the area from Manhattan to Albany 

Nationality: English
Sailed for: the Netherlands

1613
Dutch ship 'Tyger' Burned
ADRIAEN BLOCK

After the Dutch ship, Tyger, burned in 1613, Adriaen Block, his crew, and the Lenape People helped build the Onrust. It was the first ship and trading vessel constructed in New York State 

Nationality: Dutch
Sailed for: the Netherlands

1613
1st Non-indigenous inhabitant
JUAN RODRIGUEZ

The first black man and non-indigenous inhabitant who arrived on the ship, Tyger, and stayed behind.  He worked for the first Dutch fur trading post in Lower Manhattan

Nationality: Portuguese & West African, born in Santo Domingo

1624
Explorer & Captain
CORNELIUS JACOBSZ MAY

May captained the ship, Nieu Nederlandt, bringing Flemish Wallon families to Nutten (Governor's) Island making it the first Dutch colony in America

Nationality: Dutch
Sailed for: the Netherlands

1625
Engineer of New Netherland
CRYN FREDERICKSZ

Fredericksz was the chief engineer of the New Netherland colony. He was the designer and builder of Fort Amsterdam, located at the tip of Manhattan

Nationality: Dutch
Worked for: the Netherlands

1626
Dutch West India Company
16 ENSLAVED AFRICANS ARRIVE

In 1626, the Dutch West India Company purchased sixteen black people from Portuguese pirates. These men and women were the first enslaved Africans in New Netherland.

 

1626
Director of New Netherland
PETER MINUIT

As the third Director General, he negotiated with the Indigenous Americans, the Lenape Tribe, to acquire the rights to settle on Manhattan Island

Nationality: German
Worked for:
the Netherlands

The Celebrations

Save the Dates!

2024

Governor's Island
The First Dutch Settlement in America - Nutten Island

2025

The New York Customs House
The Establishment of Fort Amsterdam

2026

New York Customs House
Peter Minuit Negotiated with the Indigenous Lenape People for the Rights to Use Manhattan Island

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