Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless As I already said yesterday - a bit colourful to get me point across - this older article of mine has proven not to be as accurate as I thought it was, in light of a heap of new information. I want to offer some more background to all this.
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RE[2]: OT: Rests me to say
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 09:20 UTC in reply to "RE: OT: Rests me to say"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Apparently when we sold New York (Nieuw Amsterdam) there was a vote what the official language was going to be. English edged out Dutch despite most people over there speaking Dutch.

Imagine if Dutch had become the official language of the States. All those cool sounding names (at least to us) would have become silly sounding ones. That silliness causes me to set all my devices to English.

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RE[3]: OT: Rests me to say
by henderson101 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 09:42 in reply to "RE[2]: OT: Rests me to say"
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2006-05-30

Firstly, this is actually a common myth. Secondly, the common myth states it was German (Deutsch), not Dutch (which is actually a misappropriated name anyway.) - though looking at Wikipedia, is seems there is a Dutch version also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlenberg_legend

Edit: and the "Dutch" spoken in Pennsylvania is actually German, just so that we are all clear :-)

Edited 2012-04-27 09:43 UTC

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RE[4]: OT: Rests me to say
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 09:45 in reply to "RE[3]: OT: Rests me to say"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

German would have been even worse anyway!

Despite it being a myth it did make some sense, as I assume a lot of Dutch lived in New York as it was Dutch before we got rid of it.

There is even a farm that bears my family name, although my family name isn't Dutch while I am.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

From what I remember from my grade school us history, there wasn't a purchase of New Amsterdam as much as the English just sailed in one day and were welcomed as heros by the residents that were tired of the rule of their peg-legged mayor.

Wikipedia, seems to think there were wars fought over it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Amsterdam#1625.E2.80.931674

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RE[4]: OT: Rests me to say
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 14:01 in reply to "RE[3]: OT: Rests me to say"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

From the Wikipedia article:

"After the signing of the Treaty of Westminster in November 1674, the city was relinquished to the English and the name reverted to "New York". Suriname became an official Dutch possession in return."

How I, and most people I know, learned it we traded New York for Surinam. From the quoted piece it turns out it was not really a straight trade, but part of a peace treaty.

It does make you wonder why 2 neighbors who have an argument fight it out on the other side of the world.

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