Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

On July 21, 1667, the Treaty of Breda was signed, ending the second Anglo-Dutch War. The English had offered to return New Netherland to the Dutch in exchange for their sugar factories in Suriname. The Dutch refused and kept the South American colony, which remains Dutch-speaking to this day. The agreement was formalized and, due to Suriname’s tropical climate and agriculture, was seen as a victory for the Dutch even as the English maintained the rule and the name of New York.

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