Kolonie is the Dutch word for colony.
As a result of the commercial activities of companies like the Dutch East India Company and West India Company, the Dutch had colonies and trade posts all over the world, including:
- New Netherland in North America, which covered large parts of the current states of New York and New Jersey, where the Dutch obtained furs.
- El Mina in Ghana, center of the Dutch slave trade in Africa.
- Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, important stopping point for the voyages to the Indies to get fresh victuals.
- Dutch East Indies, source of spices.
- Surinam, Netherlands Antilles and parts of Brazil in South America, source of tobacco and sugar.