Dutch Colonies

Cultural Assumption, and Interaction with Natives

Henry Hudson, West India Trading Company and New Netherlands

In 1609, Hudson, sponsored by the West India trading company, travels to North America, and by 1626, New Netherland, Fort Orange and Wyltwick we're constructed. The Dutch Colonies we're small but occupied the region of the Hudson River, primarily for trading reasons. Due to this, the Dutch colonies never grew by size or had any real agriculture, but we're dependant on trading.


Iroquois And Dutch Colonies first encounter with Natives

The first Natives the dutch encountered we're the Iroquois. The dutch we're grateful, as the Indians helped them settle in, by giving them resources such as food in exchange of tools and guns. Furthermore, the Iroquios we're ecstatic of their arrival, as this meant a european country they could trade their goods to, in return for precious european tools, horses, guns and gold. Therefore their relationship was mutual and of peace, at least in the Northern region of the Hudson river. In the lower Hudson valley though, were more and more farmers we're settling in, natives came to be seen as an obstacle to growth. The dutch we're successful and we're able to destroy the "River Indians" from their land.


1652 and the Esopus Indians.

As the Dutch Colonies grew, new Indian encounters took place. In 1652, the Esopus Indians came into the Dutch radar near the Hudson River, near modern day Kingston. At first, indians and dutch lived side by side, and using almost the same lands for agriculture. After a while though, land disputes started arising, and the Dutch Colonies decided to attack the Esopus Indians. Armies from New Netherland we're brought into war, and the Dutch armies slowly destroyed and pillaged Indian houses, and re-constructed european settlements.