Learn More about New Netherland



  • A Virtual Tour of New Netherland. This interactive tour introduces students to the many settlements that comprised New Netherland (now parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware).

Fun Facts



  • 1609. This online exhibit by the NYS Museum explores the founding and settlement of New Netherland; it includes a virtual gallery tour, interactive quizzes, and interviews with scholars and curators.
  • The Van Rensselaer Manor Papers. This NYS Library exhibit explores daily life on patroon Killiaen van Rensselaer’s vast estate, Rensselaerswijck, now part of Albany and Rensselaer counties in New York.
  • Women’s Rights in Early New York. This NYS Archives exhibit examines how the English conquest of New Netherland affected women’s lives. Dutch law granted women greater civil and economic rights than did English common law. 
Last Updated: May 31, 2017