By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 10, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps gives us a little history of early colonies in North America.

How is Your Dutch?

The Dutch, along with the English, French, Swedish and Spanish did set up colonies in the New World, or North America, in the 1500-1600s.  Any one of them could have dominated…  At the end we know who “won”.

The Dutch were led to the New World by the Dutch West India Company, interested in fur trade.  The center of their enterprise was New Netherland – Delaware to New York City to today’s coastal Massachusetts.

The Treaty of Westminster signed on November 10, 1684 turned the Dutch possessions over to England, including New Amsterdam which was renamed New York City.

New York City is shown in this 1863 map by Johnson.   

New York City – 1863 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.