The Nieu Nederland brought the settlement of Walloons to the United States. During the religious wars of the 16th century, thousands of French and Belgian Protestants settled in Holland. They were known as Huguenots and were called "Walloons" (foreigners) in Holland. Although Dutch traders had visited Manhattan since 1613, the first Dutch immigrants were 30 Walloon families sent by the Dutch West Indies Company in 1624. Under Peter Minuit they bought Manhattan from the Indians for about $24 and tried founding settlements all the way from the Delaware River to Fort Orange, now Albany, NY.