Dutch Fort in the Approuague (French Guiana)

In 1654 the Dutch were driven out of their former colony New Holland in the northeast of Brazil. They fled to what was called the ‘Wild Coast’ in the northern part of South America between de Orinoco and the Amazon, which was known as Guyana. Despite the French takeover and English sackings, the colony remained alive until 1676. The colony was protected by a fortification. The location was confirmed in... more

2016: Publication Erik Muller – The transportation of passengers to the Dutch East Indies

A publication by NHF researcher Erik Muller about the development of the transportation of passengers to the Dutch East Indies in the first half of the nineteenth century. In the decades after the abolishment of the Dutch East Indian Company, the shipping links between the Netherlands and its colonies in the East deteriorated. The Netherlands obtained the Dutch East Indies colony by force in 1811 but was occupied by the... more

2016: Oscar Hefting – 12 day Brazil trip – Cultoura 165 

With this special tour you follow in the footsteps of Johan Maurits and you can enjoy how the ‘Tempo dos Flamengos’ was incorporated in the Brazilian multicultural society. However, the trip would not be complete if we did not visit Rio de Janeiro, the host of the 2016 Olympic Games. There is also an option to visit the waterfalls of Iguaçu. This is an ideal trip to get a nice... more

2016: Oscar Hefting – Looking for Maurits ‘the Brazilian’ – Cultoura 165

Few Dutch people know that, Johan Maurits, the former governor of Dutch Brazil (1630-1654), is regarded as a hero in Brazil. There is even a statue of him in Recife Praça da Republica. Children are given the name “João Maurício ‘and’ Nassau is used a lot for names of Brazilian schools, streets and businesses. You can find many traces of him, especially in the Northeast of Brazil. Who was this Nassau and why... more

NNI Annual Conference

“From Pavonia to the Garden State: New Jersey’s Dutch Past,” the 39th Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute, will take place in the state of New Jersey. Located between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, New Jersey has often been neglected in favor of more dramatic developments to the east and west. However, as the site of Pavonia, an early patronship with major agricultural potential, and as the geographic connection between... more

2016: Publication Erik Muller – The transportation of passengers to the Dutch East Indies

A publication by NHF researcher Erik Muller about the development of the transportation of passengers to the Dutch East Indies in the first half of the nineteenth century. In the decades after the abolishment of the Dutch East Indian Company, the shipping links between the Netherlands and its colonies in the East deteriorated. The Netherlands obtained the Dutch East Indies colony by force in 1811 but was occupied by the... more

Newsletter December 2015

Our newsletter is out again! In this newsletter you can read everything about the New Holland Foundation, the new projects we are working on and what we accomplished this year. You can read our newsletter by following this link. 

2015: José Manuel Santos Pérez – Dutch Colonial fortifications in Brazil (1600-1654)

José Manuel Santos Pérez researched the Spanish archives for the NHF to contribute to Atlas of Dutch Brazil. The results of his investigation can be found in his report ‘Dutch Colonial fortifications in Brazil (1600-1654), preliminary inventory. Historical research in Spain. Contributions to the Atlas of Dutch Brazil.’ You can find the PDF of this report here.

2015: Jaap Jacobs, Atlas of Dutch North America

Dutch Colonial Fortications in North America 1614 – 1676 Historical research in the Netherlands and the United States of America Contribution to the Atlas of Dutch North America 1 PDF Dutch Colonial Fortifications in North America

2015: Atlas of Dutch Southern Africa. Call for partners

In line with the Atlas of Dutch Brazil and the Atlas of Dutch North America, the New Holland Foundation wants to start working on the Atlas of Dutch Southern Africa. In this case ‘Southern Africa’ means the region of the Republics of South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Saint-Helena. Objective is to make an inventory of fortifications and defence works of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) built in the 17th and 18th Century.... more

Massa Pequa Indian Fort New York

2014: NHF discovers Dutch Fort on Long Island! (in Dutch)

Archeologen ontdekken Nederlands fort op Long Island. Op 18 september 2014 stuitten de archeologen Oscar Hefting en Hans van Westing van de New Holland Foundation op de resten van het vergeten Fort Massapeag bij Massapequa Park op Long Island, NY. De Amerikaanse archeoloog Ralph Solecki, thans 97 jaar, had hier in de 30-er jaren, en daarna in de 90-er jaren, gegraven en een vierkante structuur, bestaande uit een wal met daaromheen... more

Oscar Hefting in Fort Orange

2014: Kaal, K. (in Dutch)

Koloniale erfenis, met weemoed terugdenken aan Hollandse tijd,  in ‘Ons Brazilië’, speciale editie van Elsevier, 2014, p 64-69 (PDF)

Elsevier Ons Brazilie speciale editie 2014

2014: Stiphout, R.

Johan Maurits bracht leiderschap, verdraagzaamheid en rust, in Ons Brazilië, Speciale editie Elsevier, p 55. (PDF 0.04MB)

2014: New Netherland seminar. Discussion on the location of Fort Nassau

Among historians and academics, the precise location where Fort Nassau, the earliest precursor of Albany, was built in 1614 has never been settled and the long-running debate about the site of the crude Dutch trading post will take center stage at the 37th edition of the New Netherland seminar Saturday at the State Museum. The title of this year’s daylong seminar is “1614” in honor of the quadricentennial of the fort’s construction.... more

2014: Newsletter New Holland Foundation, December

Newsletter New Holland Foundation, December 2014   Dear sponsor, friend or interested person, On Thursday the 27th of November 2014 the foundation had her very first fund-raising event in the recently beautifully-restored Museum Mauritshuis in The Hague. It was a great success. The evening kicked off with a presentation on the New Holland Foundation by director Oscar Hefting, outlining the objectives and what the foundation stands for. This was followed... more

2012: Hulsman, L.A.H.C.

Nederlandse groepsmigratie naar Brazilie (1822-1992). Contributions to the Atlas of Dutch Brazil, Volume 10. Amsterdam. (PDF)

2012: Hefting, O.F.

Atlas Nederlandse historische vestingwerken in Brazilië in de maak, in Saillant 2, 54-55. PDF

2010: Doce Brasil Holandês – Sweet Dutch Brazil’

The director follows the quest of two historians, Brazilian Kalina Vanderlei and German Sabrina van der Ley, investigating this “Nassovian Nostalgia ‘. Connected by the same surname they are searching the city history for this surname. Director: Monica Schmiedt / Brazil / 2010/52 min / Portuguese and English (English subtitles) (The trailer)

2010: Hefting, O.F.

High versus Low: Portuguese and Dutch Fortification Traditions meet in Colonial Brazil (1500-1654), in E. Klingelhofer (Ed.), First Forts. Essays on the Archaeology of Proto-Colonial Fortifications, Leiden/Boston, 189-208. PDF

2007: Nederlands Vestingmuseum

‘Sweet ‘n Salty’, of hoe de Nederlanders op de kusten van Brazilie kwamen …, Persbericht, Nederlands Vestingmuseum, 1-9-2007. (PDF 0.02MB)

2007: Schouten, P.

In het voetspoor van Maurits van Nassau. Nederlandse bouwwerken in Brazilië, Sem fronteiras 7, Amsterdam, 24-26. (PDF 0.7MB)

2006: Ruigrok, I.

Op zoek naar het erfgoed van de ‘Hollandse Braziliaan’, in SICA mag 31, 16-17. (PDF 0.7MB)

2006: Kaal, K.

Hollandse forten aan de Amazone, in Historisch Nieuwsblad 10, 17. (PDF 0.2MB)