Beverwijck

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For the neighborhood in Albany, see Beverwyck, Albany, New York. For the town in the Netherlands, see Beverwijk.
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Beverwijck (/ˈbɛvərwɪk/ BEV-ər-wik; Dutch: Beverwijck), often anglicized as Beverwyck, was a fur-trading community north of Fort Orange on the Hudson River in New Netherland that was to become Albany, New York, when the English took control of the colony in 1664.

During the 1640s, the name Beverwijck began to be used informally for the settlement of fur traders north of the fort. In 1652, the Dutch West India Company took control of that area and made the name official. By 1660, a palisade was built around Beverwijck and it had become economically and politically successful, with large families residing in the community.

Although Beverwijck literally means beaver district,[1] its name might be of different origin as it could have been named after the Dutch town of Beverwijk.

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