The Dutch influence on the exploration and development of North America.

Although Dutch rule in America lasted less than a century. The Dutch influence on America can be seen in the many Dutch place names in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere, also in the architectural styles introduced by the Dutch settlers.




Places called Holland

Holland is a region in the western part of the Netherlands. Holland is a former county of the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by the Count of Holland, and later the leading member of the Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands (Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden, 1581–1795). The area is today divided between two provinces of the Netherlands: North Holland (Noord-Holland) and South Holland (Zuid-Holland) that were created in 1840, and make up roughly 13% of the area of the Netherlands

Holland, Michigan
September, 1846. A group of Dutch emigrants, led by Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, left Rotterdam aboard the ship Southerner. The voyage took seven weeks and included a major storm early in the journey, eventually they reached Holland, in Michigan.

Holland, Arkansas in Faulkner county,
population (2000) 577.

Holland, Iowa (Grundy County

is a city in Grundy County,
the pop
ulation was 250 at the 2000 census.

Holland, Indiana in Dubois County, in the Jasper metro ar

ea, population (2000) of 695.
Holland, Kentucky is a community located in the
southeast corner of Allen County. The community is
approximately 10 miles east of Scottsville.
Holland, Massachusetts is located in the southeast
corner of Hampden County in Western Massachusetts.
It contains the Quinnebaug River and the Hamilton
Reservoir, one of the largest reservoirs in southern New
Holland, Minnesota is a city in Pipestone County,
along the Rock River. The population was 215 at the 2000
Holland, Missouri is a city in Pemiscot County, The
population was 246 at the 2000 census.
Holland, Nebraska When Lancaster County, Nebraska
was being formed, the first Hollanders (the Walvoords)
came West. Because of the Homestead Act of 1862, land
was available to them for only a small consideration. The
southern part of Lancaster County appealed to the
Hollanders. The land is rolling prairie, is well watered and
is drained by several large creeks, one of which is the Salt
Holland, New York The Town of Holland was
established in 1818 from part of the (now defunct) Town of
Willink, which once included all the southern part of Erie
County. The name "Holland" is one of the few surviving
remnants of the Dutch investors who once owned this
Holland, Ohio the village of Holland was named in 1867 and incorporated in 1923. Holland also has a rich history in railroads and plans to open historical rail park soon.
Holland, Pennsylvania is an unincorporated
community in Northampton Township, Bucks County.
Holland, Texas is a town in Bell County. The population was 1,102 at the 2000 census.
Holland, Virginia is an independent city, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk metro area.
Holland, Vermont Holland is a town in Orleans County. One tradition says the community was named for Holland, MA. Another says it was named for Samuel Holland, the king's surveyor general. The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 588.

Nederland, Colorado
Nederland, Colorado is a small western town located in the Rocky Mountains at 8236 feet above sea level. The town is about 20 miles west of Boulder and a special place for people who love the outdoors.

Nederland, Texas
Nederland is seven miles southeast of Beaumont in eastern Jefferson County.

Fort Nassau, Fort Orange, Beverwijck and Albany

In 1615, Dutch traders constructed a fort at what they knew to be the crucial fur-trading nexus on the North (Hudson) River. They built it on an island, and named it Fort Nassau. But in their desire to be right among the river traffic, the traders were too eager: the island flooded every spring, and the traders were forced to abandon it in 1618.

The settlement of Fort Orange, named for the royal family of the Netherlands (Orange Nassau), was established in 1624 by the Dutch West India Company.
On April 10 1652 Fort Orange became Beverwijck
and the ancestors of Albany were transformed from indentured servants into free agents.
In 1664, when the Dutch surrendered to the British, King Charles II granted a large tract of land to his brother James, the Duke of York and Albany. Thus, Beverwijck became Albany and New Amsterdam became New York. Albany remained under British rule until the American Revolution. In 1797, Albany officially became the Capital of New York.

Beverwijk, the Netherlands

Beverwijk is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Beverwijk received city rights in 1298.

Zeeland, Michigan

The City of Zeeland, Michigan. Incorporated in 1907 and named after the Province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. Zeeland is located approximately 25 miles west of Grand Rapids.

Zeeland, the Netherlands
Sea around land in the province of Zeeland. The province, located in the south-west of the country, consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning "sea-land") and a strip bordering Belgium.
Its capital is Middelburg, the population is about 380,000 and its total area about 2930 km², of which almost 1140 km² is water. Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The fishermen’s hamlet Vlissingen (Flushing), came into existence at the estuary of the river Schelde 620 A.D. It has grown into a tourist attraction and is the third most important port of the Netherlands 1400 years later.

Flushing, NYC
In October, 1645, Governor William Kieft granted a patent to establish the town of Vlissingen, today known as Flushing. The Flushing patent granted for the first time, the right 'to have and enjoy liberty of conscience, according to the custom and manner of Holland. The "Groote River" was known by four different names, listed on the map, and later became the Hudson River.

Harlingen Texas
The City of Harlingen is located in the geographic and population center of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Harlingen is a rapidly growing city of over 52,300 and forms part of Cameron County, one of Texas' fastest growing metropolitan statistical areas.

Harlingen the Netherlands
About 70 B.C. the first people lived in the Harlingen area, near to the year 1234 Harlingen receives the city charter.
Harlingen, because of the connection to the sea, was very important for trading during the Golden Age.

The industries that made Harlingen prominent where, shipyards, breweries, salt- seething, pottery and grain- and saw mills.


Zwolle is a town located in Sabine Parish, Louisiana. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,783. It's odd that a place with a Dutch name could be the Tamale Capital of the World since hot tamales have a distinct Indian/Spanish heritage. But the only thing Dutch about the town is the name. Zwolle was originally an Indian village which turned into a whistle stop on the Kansas City Southern railroad.

The town was named for a town in Holland. Zwolle Mayor P.M. Woods said,"The name itself attracts international visitors wanting to see the U. S. counterpart. The success of the Tamale Fiesta in bringing people together and bringing tourists to the town started another community celebration, the Zwolle Loggers .

Zwolle, the Netherlands
"Unknown & unloved". This certainly applies to the Hanseatic City of Zwolle. But once you have visited Zwolle, you are
completely sold on this old city.
Zwolle is a city brimming with activity. Especially the medieval city centre is a tourist draw. Archaeological finds indicate that the area surrounding Zwolle was already inhabited by an ancient Isala tribe around 1500 B.C. The modern city was founded around 800 A.D. The name Zwolle comes from the word Suolle.

Bergen, New Jersey
Settled by the Dutch, Bergen was created in 1683 as one of the four original counties in New Jersey. Its early borders reached into what are now Passaic and Hudson counties.

Bergen, the Netherlands
The municipality of Bergen has almost 32,000 inhabitants and plays an important role in the region: inhabitants from neighboring municipalities like to use the recreational and cultural facilities the municipality has to offer.

At the beginning of the last century artists discovered this village and especially painters settled here. They were attracted to the inspiring scenic beauty of the place. The ‘Bergense School’ stemmed from this period, painters making landscape and still life-paintings in a specific style between 1920 and 1935.

Harlem, NYC
Settled by the Dutch in 1658. Thousands of Irish immigrants lived here, often in squalid conditions, during the 1800s. The arrival of the elevated trains in the 1870s brought new prosperity to the area. African-Americans began moving here in the early 20th century, first from other parts of New York and later from all over the country. Harlem changed from a preferred residential neighborhood to an impoverished area in which riots broke out in 1964. After declining in the 1970s and 1980s, the area has begun to work its way back. Real estate values have climbed, and the community scored a public relations coup when Bill Clinton decided to locate his office here after leaving the White House.

Haarlem received its charter in 1245 but lost its privileges in 1492. It took part in the Dutch revolt against Spain in 1572 and was forced to submit to the Duke of Alva's son, Frederick of Toledo, in 1573. Haarlem was recaptured by William of Orange in 1577, who incorporated the city in the united Netherlands.

The village of Heemstede, nearby Haarlem, features lots of green, and was establised in 1345, the Dutch name link to the US, is Hempstead in New York.

The Town of Hempstead is located in Nassau County on Long Island. The town was first settled around 1644. Although the settlers were from the English colony of Connecticut, a patent was issued by New Amsterdam after the settlers had purchased land from the local natives. The town was named after the Dutch city of Heemsted