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Beverwyck was a fur-trading community north of Fort Orange on the Hudson River in New Netherland that was to become Albany, New York when the English took control of the colony in 1664.

During the 1640s, the name Beverwyck began to be used informally for the settlement of fur traders north of the fort. In 1652, the Dutch West India Company took control of that area and made the name official. By 1660, a palisade was built around Beverwyck and it had become economically and politically successful, with large families residing in the community.

The name may translate to "Beaver town", and refer to the many beaver pelts that the original settlers shipped back to the Netherlands. It may of course also be directly named for Beverwijk in the Netherlands, situated on the North Sea coast, though there is no evidence for this.

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Further reading

  • Venema, Janny (2003). Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1652-1664. Hilversum: Verloren. ISBN 0791460797.  

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