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West-Indisch Huis

Former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company
The West-Indisch Huis ("West India House") is the former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam. Dordrecht also has one of these headquarters. In this building, the Dutch West India Company's governors in 1625 ordered the construction of a fort on the island of Manhattan, laying the foundations for New York City.

The West-Indisch Huis is located on the Herenmarkt, a small square between the Haarlemmerstraat and Brouwersgracht canal in the center of Amsterdam. The building was constructed in 1617 as a meat market and waiting room for the local militia. In 1623 it was rented by the Dutch West India Company, founded two years earlier, and was used until 1647 for meetings by the governing board of the Dutch West India Company. During this time the building was expanded with two wings around a central courtyard, tripling the size of the building.

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Haarlemmerstraat 75,1013 EL Amsterdam