pa, you say your folks came to the US in the early 1700s. Mine came over about the same time, but all they found was a British colony. So, the United States were founded by the Dutch and the rest of the colonies were added later after they drove the British out? Not what I learned in school, but then Boston, my home town, was always a little full of itself.
Thanks for setting me straight! I have a new respect for the Dutch, past and present. (My mom's mom's side of the family is Dutch: Van Wickle.)