Hi from a Dutchie

One-Oh-Four

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Funny, i saw your post minutes before i was getting ready to watch the weekly youtube videos from a dutchie who travels the world on a motorcycle thru super remote areas and calls herself "itchy boots". Real name being Noraly Schoenmaker. She has i think about 2 million subscribers and lives off their paid subscriptions that finance her travels ! Amazing determination and toughness, so much respect for you dutchies assuming they share the same grit as her. Welcome to the forum in any case.
I’ve seen a couple of episodes of her channel too. I don’t know about the other Dutchies but I can assure you that I’m a soft snowflake compared to her! 😄
 

One-Oh-Four

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Sorry, I wasn't very clear. Nowadays the usage is always in reference to the Netherlands. But whenever it is used historically it seems to always refer to something German instead, such as the Pennsylvania Dutch, the lost Dutchman's mine, etc.


"Dutchman" was a common American term for a German ("Dutch" being the English cognate to the German demonym "Deutsch", and not a reference to the Dutch people).
And let’s not forget that a really unified Germany only started in 1871 as the Deutsches Reich with an emperor and all. Before that there was the Deutsche Bund, a union of sorts of all the little German states; principalities, dukedoms etc. Before 1815/16 all these territories were part of the Holy Roman Empire. So the name Germany didn’t exist when a lot of German-rooted people already immigrated into the USA. Older forms of the Dutch language were als known as “Diets” (pronounce: deets), which
 

Srini

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A lot of Dutch immigrants in Maryland? A half-brother of mine lives in Connecticut. Came to the US as a kid, before I was even born.
Dutch immigration is not the reason. I'm sure you know this better than I do, but the area from upstate NY (at least as far upstate as Albany, which was originally called Beverwijck, by the way) down to NYC, most of Delaware, some of Pennsylvania, parts of NJ and northern Maryland (and probably also the Eastern Shore of Maryland) was called New Netherlands. This was before the British came, so it would have been in the early 1600s.

But you knew that!

Srini
 
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