The Dutch were one of the first European countries to venture to America in the 17th century. Dutch early presence in America began in 1609 when the Dutch East India Company sailed to the Hudson River looking for trading routes. In 1614 families from Holland traveled to America and established a settlement in New Netherland. In 1626 the Dutch purchased the island of present day Manhattan from Native Americans and named it New Amsterdam. Immigration by the Dutch grew to a greater scale when the Dutch West India Company offered free land in New Amsterdam to encourage settlement. This process replaced the feudalism system that existed before that time. Dutch immigration quickly caused Native Americans to realize these new people were taking over their land. As a result, the settlers faced constant Indian raids. In 1655 the Dutch took the Swedish settlement in Delaware Bay by force because it was causing them difficulties. Then, in 1664 however the English took New Amsterdam from the Dutch and named this territory New York. This marked the end of Dutch control over territory in America; however, they still remain an important culture in the history of early immigration to America.