What does patroonship mean?

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  1. (US, historical) The position or office of a patroon; an estate run by a patroon, or under a similar system. [from 19th c.]
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A patroonship sometimes had its own village and other infrastructure, including churches.
The largest and most successful patroonship in New Netherland was the Manor of Rensselaerswijck, established by Kiliaen van Rensselaer.
Did any aspiring adventurer seek to leap at a bound to the exalted position of patroonship?
Beverwijck grew from a trading post to a bustling, independent town in the midst of Rensselaerwyck, as did Wiltwyck, south of the patroonship in Esopus country.
The word patroonship was used until the year 1775, when the English redefined the lands as estates and took away the jurisdictional privilege.

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