Dutch people come from the Netherlands, a country in northern Europe. They should not be confused with the Pennsylvania Dutch, a group of German-speaking immigrants who settled around Pennsylvania in the late 17th century.
Many people mistakenly refer to the Netherlands as Holland, which is composed of two of the 12 Dutch provinces. History World suggests that this confusion came about due to Holland's economic power in the 17th century. Dutch people were prominent in the original settlement of what is now the United States. New York was formerly named New Amsterdam in honor of the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam.