- January: Willem Kieft purchases the majority of future Queens County.
- 5 January: Captain David Pietersz de Vries establishes a plantation on Staten Island; it fails a year later.
- July: Dutch farmer Jonas Bronck arrives at the colony.
- 3 August: The Dutch West India Company purchases a tract of land between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.
- In an attempt to encourage new settlement, New Netherland is opened to all settlers.
|1638|| 17th century |