It's one of the many fascinating things about living in New City and New York state that the underlying Dutch culture has persisted.
| Peter Stuyvesant Surrenders Niew Amsterdam to the English.|
He Wasn't Happy About It.
Not to mention many a legal fundamental, with documents created and executed during the regime of the Dutch, such as land titles (to land stolen from the Natives, of course), wills and many other material and financial property instruments. We have entire legal libraries filled with these documents here in the city and in Albany.
This provides employment for the qualified. There are services here that can translate these old Dutch language instruments and docs into English.
Perhaps the most significant contribution the original European settlers of this part of the world is their tolerance of diversity in languages, religions and, most of all, ways of making money. Nieuw Amsterdam or New York -- this place was never about anything else except making money. Which explains, of course, why NYC was the center of the New World's overseas slave trading in terms of financing ships, insuring them and so on, for the Caribbean and Brasilian trade. They dominated in the decades post the War of 1812. This, despite Rhode Island, who began earlier, started ahead of NYC in the trade, and always Boston was jockeying to seize the number one position for itself.