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Dutch West India Company

Dutch West India Company, trading and colonizing company chartered by the Netherlands States General in 1621 to compete with Portuguese and Spanish colonies in North America and Africa. The company founded posts in the West Indies, Guiana, and parts of Brazil, as well as establishing the cities of Fort Orange (now Albany) and New Amsterdam (New York) in what is now New York State. The charter was dissolved in 1674.

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