A Description of New Netherland

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THE COUNTRY

Where New Netherland Is Situated

New Netherland, thus named by the Dutch for reasons we 1 shall give hereafter, is a very beautiful, pleasant, healthy, and delightful land, where all manner of men can more easily earn a good living and make their way in the world than in the Netherlands or any other part of the globe that I know.

It is situated in the northern regions of the new American world and extends along the coast from 38°53´ north of the equator to beyond 42° north. Those are the latitudes of Sardinia and Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea, and of Spain and France on the [Atlantic] Ocean, for the South River [Delaware River] corresponds with the Flemish islands at one end and the river of Lisbon [Tagus River] and the southernmost point of Sardinia at the other. Reckoned from the longitude of the Canary Islands, New Netherland lies at 316° east or 44° west, a distance of 660 miles at the latitude of Cape Misurata on the Barbary Coast of Africa in the Kingdom of Tripoli, and of Cape Spartivento at the extremity of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.1


When and by Whom New Netherland Was First Discovered

This country was first discovered in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 1609, when the ship Halve Maen was dispatched at the

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