Windmills continue to be a symbol of Dutch culture.
There were at least 2 windmills in New Amsterdam. One was used as a gristmill, and one as a sawmill.
The "Earliest windmill in the settlement here, built in 1626, stood on the northwestern tip of Governor's Island.....was often said to be a watermill." This mill was burned in 1648 when it became useless. See de Halve Maene article on Windmills below by Bogart.
The 'Old Fort Windmill' was a gristmill, constructed in 1628. Another windmill was also constructed in 1628, was used as a sawmill and later became a gristmill.
The windmill image above is:
The Mill at Wijk-bij-Duurstede by Jacob van Ruisdael c. 1670
Oil on canvas
Please visit Riksmuseum website for more info: