What was New Netherland? Where was it? Before delving into the promised exploration of Jersey City’s Dutch heritage, I’ll try to answer these crucial geographical questions with a gorgeous map.
All right. Although a remarkable example of classic cartography, the first map fails to answer the fundamental questions. This next map should do:
New Netherland stretched across the Long Island Sound, through the Hudson River Valley, and to Canadian border. It extended along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey and Delaware and up the Delaware Bay. Parts of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York all belonged to the colony.
Folks, I hope this helps. Now, let’s return to the glories of Jersey City …