Henry Hudson and the Early History of Manhattan

On September 11, 1609. Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there. Hudson was an English sea explorer and navigator during the early 17th century, best known for his explorations of present-day Canada and parts of the northeastern United States. In 1607 and 1608, Hudson made two attempts on behalf of English merchants to find a rumored Northeast Passage to Cathay (present-day … Continue reading Henry Hudson and the Early History of Manhattan

Suriname #335 (1966)

Suriname #335 (1966)

The Republic of Suriname (Republiek Suriname in Dutch), is a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. Suriname is situated between French Guiana to the east and Guyana to the west. The southern border is shared with Brazil and the northern border is the Atlantic coast. The southernmost borders with French Guiana and Guyana are disputed by these countries along the Marowijne and … Continue reading Suriname #335 (1966)

Dutch Indies #31 (1900)

Dutch Indies #31 (1900)

The Dutch Indies, also known as the Netherlands Indies (Nederlands(ch)-Indië) was a Dutch colony consisting of Java, Sumatra, Lesser Sundas, Madura, Celebes, Moluccas, Western New Guinea, and two thirds of Borneo. It was formed from the nationalized colonies of the Dutch East India Company, which came under the administration of the Dutch government in 1800. The name was translated by the English as the Dutch East Indies, to … Continue reading Dutch Indies #31 (1900)

Curaçao #165 (1943)

Curaçao #165 (1943)

The Colony of Curaçao and Dependencies (Kolonie Curaçao en onderhorigheden) was a Dutch colony from 1815 until 1828 and from 1845 until 1936. Between 1936 and 1948, the area was officially known as the Territory of Curaçao (Gebiedsdeel Curaçao), and after 1948 as the Netherlands Antilles (Nederlandse Antillen). With the proclamation of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands on December 15, 1954, the … Continue reading Curaçao #165 (1943)

Aruba #266 (2005)

Aruba #266 (2005)

The island of Aruba is one of four countries (along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten) that comprise the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  It is located in the southern Caribbean Sea about 990 miles (1,600 kilometers) west of the main part of the Lesser Antilles and 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of the coast of Venezuela.  Lying outside of Hurricane Alley, Aruba forms a group with … Continue reading Aruba #266 (2005)