The Dutch came to America as early as 1609, when the first Dutch East India Company vessel sailed up the Hudson River in search of an ice-free passage to the Orient. The Dutch founded New Amsterdam, modern day New York, in 1625. In 1776, the Netherlands was the first country in the world to salute the flag of the new United States. The U.S. partnership with the Netherlands is one of its oldest continuous relationships and dates back to the American Revolution. On October 11, 1614, (400 years ago) the first trade free trade agreement between the Netherlands and what is now the United States was signed and trade and economic ties between the two nations began. We are proud of this relationship. The fundamental goal of the Dutch American Chamber is to maintain and strengthen Dutch-American ties in every possible way. The Dutch American Chamber promotes the trade and investment relationship between the Netherlands and the United States. Dutch businesses employ over 800,000 workers in the United States and the Netherlands is historically the third largest investor in the United States. US businesses are the largest foreign investors in the Netherlands. The Dutch American Chamber of Commerce is proud of this relationship and aims to make the ties between the two countries stronger through our services and activities.