Lectures on the Growth and Development of the United States (Classic Reprint)
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In 1609, Henry Hudson, an English navigator in the employ of Holland, sailed in the Half Moon up the Hud son River and on the strength of this discovery, a Dutch settlement was made in 1614, on Manhattan Island. A Dutch West India Company was formed in 1620, which received large grants of land on both sides of the Hudson, extending west to the Dela ware River and south to include the limits of the present State of Dela ware, which territory was named New Netherland. The Swedes also founded a settlement on the west side of Delaware Bay, but owing to a dis pute between the Dutch and Swedish colonists, New Sweden was surren dered to the Dutch in 1655.
In 1625 the territory lying between that of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Kennebec River was colonized under a grant to Cap tain John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges, as New Hampshire and Maine. These colonies were divided in 1629.
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